Tiago Ilori handed Liverpool lifeline

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Tiago Ilori is set for a chance in the Liverpool first-team, reports The Daily Mail.

Ilori signed for the Reds for £7 million from Sporting Lisbon in 2013, however, has yet to make his debut for the Merseyside club and spent the last two seasons on loan at Granada and Bordeaux.

Speculation rumoured that the 22-year-old would once again be loaned out for the upcoming campaign to a Premier League side, with Sunderland reportedly interested.

However, Brendan Rodgers is set hand Ilori a chance after impressing during his time away for the club. 

The defender is currently representing Portugal in the Under-21s European Championships in Czech Republic and has put in two eye-catching performances during his country's 1-0 win against England and 0-0 draw v Italy.


There will be plenty of imports and exports in the Liverpool squad this summer and Rodgers is set to redraft his defence.

Joe Gomez has already signed from Charlton Athletic for £3.5 million, however, at just 18 it's unlikely he'll be used to a great deal in the first-team.

Sebastian Coates spent last season on loan at Sunderland and it's expected he will leave the Merseyside outfit in the coming weeks.

Likewise Andre Wisdom who went on loan to West Bromwich Albion last term and was rarely used when Tony Pulis took over from Alan Irvine.

Costing them points

Liverpool have not been good enough at the back over the past two seasons and only Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur conceded more goals of those who finished in the top half of the Premier League this term. 

Martin Skrtel has recently announced he's set to sign a new four-year deal with the five-time European Cup winners and Kolo Toure has also extended his time on Merseyside by one year.

New Defender

It's likely that Rodgers will also want to bring in a new centre-back. 

Dejan Lovren cost the club £20 million from Southampton last summer, however, his maiden season was distinctly lacklustre and looks a defender who is well short of confidence. 

Mamadou Sakho is approaching his third year at the club after signing for £17 million from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, but, he's proved injury prone and reliable at times.

Rodgers will want a defender who is confident in all aspects of the game and can form a partnership with Skrtel.

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