Jurgen Klopp will ask Aston Villa to terminate the loan deal of Tiago Ilori as he attempts to lessen the impact of Liverpool's ongoing injury crisis, according to a host of sources.
The German manager lost both Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure to hamstring injuries in Tuesday's League Cup match against Stoke City. They will join Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho in the treatment room, leaving Klopp with no fit first-team centre-backs.
Ilori has not managed a competitive game for the Reds since his £7m move from Sporting Lisbon in 2013 and has continued in the same vain at Aston Villa this season. The 22-year-old is yet to play for the Premier League's rock-bottom club and Remi Garde is reportedly happy to send him back to Anfield.
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The Villains paid £1million for a season-long loan deal and will ask for a significant chunk of that fee to be refunded before agreeing to terminate the Portugal Under-21 international's contract. Liverpool do not have a recall option, so they will have to come to an agreement before Ilori is allowed to return.
Despite his incredible lack of playing time in English football, Ilori seems to be held in rather high esteem by Liverpool fans, at least according to the ones who have Twitter accounts. Many are excited by the prospect of having him back and, finally, playing in the first-team.
Take a look at some of the reaction below:
This Aston Villa side seems destined to go down as one of the worst in Premier League history. So, if Ilori is not considered good enough to play for them, in what world will he be good enough to play for Liverpool? A strange, strange world.
But Klopp needs immediate reinforcements and would have certainly done his research on Ilori before taking such a decision. It doesn't mean he won't still dip into the transfer market this month, but will at least give Ilori the chance he has waited so long for.
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