Liverpool receive new interest in £7m starlet

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Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has impressed La Liga side Granada so much this season that the Spanish side have already expressed an interest in keeping him next term, according to talkSPORT.

Ilori was prize capture for the Reds last summer, landing the Portuguese youth international for £7m from Sporting Lisbon as part of a long-term recruitment strategy in key areas by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

The 20-year-old was quite ready for the Liverpool first-team though and joined Granada on loan last month, joining the La Liga side's bid to secure survival.

Granada have started the youngster at centre-back twice since agreeing that deal and the starlet has acclimatised quickly, with Granada sporting director Juan Carlos Cardero telling Spanish publication Ideal that they want to keep him for next season if possible.

Cardero said: Ilori has demonstrated his quality and will continue to grow as a professional.

"[Prolonging his stay] is a good option to consider for our club but until the end of the season we do not know if Liverpool will re-assign him or sell him. And we are looking forward."

Reds boss Rodgers is currently blessed with a multitude of options in central defence, which means Ilori could well spent next season away from Anfield to gain experience at a crucial stage in his development.

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