Tiago Ilori and Sheyi Ojo return to Liverpool

on 07.01.2016

Loaned duo Tiago Ilori and Sheyi Ojo have returned to Liverpool from Aston Villa and Wolves, respectively.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - Wednesday, July 16, 2014: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Brondby IF during a preseason friendly match at Brøndby Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ilori has returned from Villa following Liverpool’s centre-back crisis, with Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren all injured.

The London-born Portuguese hasn’t made an appearance for Villa this season, partially due to niggling injuries, but will train with the Reds on Thursday and could make his competitive debut for the club on Friday night against Exeter City in the FA Cup.

Ilori was due to spend the whole season at Villa, who paid a £1 million loan fee for him, but the bottom of the table club agreed to terminate the deal early. They did have an option to have made the move permanent at the end of the season.

Ojo has seen his Wolves spell cut short after falling out of favour at the Championship club in recent weeks.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Friday, July 24, 2015: Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo in action against a Malaysia XI during a friendly match at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on day twelve of the club's preseason tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 18-year-old made 19 appearances in all competitions for Midlands club, scoring three and assisting four goals.

Ojo is also expected to be in the squad for Friday, as is another academy winger who has just returned from loan, Ryan Kent.

Despite bringing back Ilori, Jurgen Klopp still wishes to bring in an experienced centre-back on loan this month, with Dortmund’s Neven Subotic the top target.

After having 19 players out on loan at the start of the season, Liverpool now have just 12 players officially loaned out, with two – Lloyd Jones and Kevin Stewart – back at LFC while recovering from injury.

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      • Neither was Ilori’s to be fair, but as Villa hadn’t played him (and presumably weren’t going to) we were able to get him back. Fenerbace would have no interest in letting Marko come back.

        Damn, we’re going to have to come up with a name other than Marko for Markovic. Otherwise it’s just going to get confusing with Marko Grujic..

  1. I like how the club is handling this. Getting the loanees back before anything. Seems like little panic but astute action. This takes the sting and stress out of the Exeter game but let us keep going after our better targets we want for a longer term. Not bad work all.

    • Its better than going in the market and buying fresh faces. It might solve the short term problem but it will again lead to a bulging squad in summer and then again the cycle will repeat and we will send numerous players back on loan

    • Well look at the situation , so obviously look at who’s out on loan and who can we bring back, thats what Klopp has done

  2. Correct me if I’m wrong but all players have to be registered the Friday before the match and, since our game is on a Friday, it means they’d have to have been registered last Friday?
    I could be very wrong on this though. I hope I am!

  3. Really excited to finally see Kent, Ojo and Ilori vs Exeter. I’m sure the boys will excel under Klopp. Especially for Ilori. It’s finally his chance to make a proper debut for us, I hope he grabs it well.

    • He’s going to be a massive story because he’ll get injured straight away and the next 3 years will be the media talking about klopp’s methods.

  4. Ojo may have played 19 matches but most of them were as a substitute (I’m actually only getting 17 on who scored) but it’s a total of 543 minutes give or take (and I’m getting 3 goals and 3 assists so there must be a comp missing somewhere)

    Either way based on those numbers that comes down to a direct goal contribution once every 90 minutes almost exactly. All of them have been as a sub…interesting.

  5. Good for Illori, wasn’t playing there anyway.. I hope Ojo and Kent get a chance, there’s a possibility one of them will surprise us positively..

    • Kent is definitely a star in the making.Expect him to make an instant impression.Ojo is a good supersub.He doesnt work hard enough and he will face tough training sessions under klopp

      • That’s the thing about Klopp.. Most people think he’s a great scout, but actually he doesn’t like that part of job, he’s good in training young players and making them footballers.. That explains good % of footballers he made from scratch..

        • Dortmund also had one of the most respected directors of football in Michael Zork, it’s a pity JK couldn’t persuade him to join us as well..

  6. Google Tiago Ilori vs England U21 – YouTube
    and sit back and purr at the composed, cultured display…Harry Kane in his pocket for 90 mins

    • Just watched that YouTube vid. Very impressive! Calm, composed, comfortable with the ball at his feet. Excited to see how he develops under klopp

          • Picked up an injury at U-21’s and when came back to Liverpool he couldn’t train. Same thing when he went to Villa. Only started training in November, and now fully training played in 2 under 18 games and impressed in the last few weeks and got himself on the Villa bench for last few games. He’s fit and ready to go….I hope!!

    • Watch the same site for Downing sticking balls in the bin from 50 yards, proves nothing mate. One game doesn’t make this kid a player all of a sudden and the fact no manager wherever he has been has given him a game must hold something in it.

      • I along with any other Liverpool fans watched the entire tournament to see for ourselves how good Ilori was. These are not second rate players, that is the same Harry Kane who ripped up the EPL that he had in his pocket for 90 minutes. The same Danny Ings. Ilori showed throughout the tournament with Portugal only conceding 1 goal before the penalty shoot out in the final that he is player with great potential.
        So yes it proves he has potential, is calm and cultured, has great pace and reads the game very well.

        Feel free to download any game from the U-21’s, highlights or full game…he is just as good throughout the tournament!

      • He was well liked at Bordeaux by the staff and even more so by the fans, but injuries again limited him to about a dozen or so games.

      • It would be picked up as spam Spuddy and I think you get banned automatically , those google advert people

    • Watched them all I have Angry, I’m a huge Ilori fan so glad he’s home, can’t wait to see what Sir Klopp does with him oh the good times that lay a head can’t wait

      • With Toure now ruled out of Friday’s game Ilori may find himself thrown in the deep end alongside Lucas or Can?

        • Don’t think Klopp has much choice, he’ll have them training together now as we speak , little whisper has it as well do you remember a player called Jose Enrique he will be joining them ;) I wonder if it would be a little too much for Flanno to make an appearance, god knows how Klopp must feel I’m bad enough ,stressed out to oblivion I am and throw that useless Sturridge on as well

          • Good god angry what a divvy he is , proper selfie needy wh..e never known anything like it in my life, haven’t seen much of it about lately but I remember at one point every time I went on my laptop the div was there even in the bathroom , nightmares

  7. Ilori will do well to get past a couple of training sessions under klopp.
    Not sure his body can handle the intensity

  8. i really hope JK will give Ilori a chance to show what he can do on the pitch… niggling injuries,,, hate to hear that….
    Really really hope he will be back…
    He need that one game…. that crucial one game which will bring the best and confidence out of him.
    Being in a foreign country..not being able to play for parent club as well as loaned club… that’s depressing… and can bring down your motivation.
    Come on JK… u are the right person for the kids… drill…..smack…spank..do whatever to bring the best out of them.

  9. The only time ive seen Illori play was in last years U21s. Thought he looked decent and composed, very quick. Couldn’t believe it when we loaned him to Villa with a deal in place. Hope he gets a chance to play and does well. He can’t do any worse than the other centre backs.

  10. No guarantee that Illori will fulfill his much publicised potential but it’s great that he’s finally going to get the opportunity, Ryan Kent imo is the lad most likely to become a future star with us, not sure about Ojo but time will tell..

  11. Allen,ibe,lucas,benteke, smith, kent,randall,llori,toure,bogdan and brannigan. That should be roughly the squad, a big rest needed for the others to get ready for the gunners and the mancs

  12. Ilori, Ojo, Markovic, Kent all in top 10 fastest players owned by LFC

    Jürgen Klopp loves fast players


  13. If Ilori happens to make his way into the first team in even a limited capacity..then just imagine the egg on Garde’s face!

      • On a side note Allardyce is telling the media and anyone else who still listens to him that ‘Jurgen Klopp has only himself to blame for Liverpool’s injury crisis’, you’d seriously think that Fat Sam would have other issues to concentrate on given Sunderland’s plight..

          • Exactly, Talksport seem to be finding “analysts” from everywhere to criticise Klopp.

          • Good, I didn’t like the pity likes we were getting. We’re LFC, nobody should like us because we’re Liverpool. They need to hate us but adore our football. That’s how you win stuff.

          • You hate barca but adore their football? Or Bayern for that matter? Or you respect both teams and adore their football? I believe the latter is possible and we should aim for that. More inclined towards Bayern than barca. Barca isnt as professionally run a club as bayern is.

          • Ahh well. It’s not only my Bayern loyalties that are speaking here,but I genuinely think that ever football fan should be holding up Bayern as the ideal of how they want their football club to be run. It’s the most well run club by a margin. Good to have ideals to aspire for. And overtake hopefully

  14. Good news………just watched Liverpool legends win 4-0 in Sydney 41,000 crowd for old fella’s playing………….a beautiful sight indeed.

  15. As I have said before I had the good fortune to watch Llori live,( one game!) for Bordeaux and he played exceptionally well, he has to be given a chance, I don’t have a clue why he had no game time at Villa, injuries/fitness issues.

  16. Just been confirmed that Kolo will be out for two weeks at least, obviously it wasn’t just cramp he was suffering from, by my reckoning Tiago Illori is now our first choice/only centre back at this time…

  17. OK, there all these doubts about Illori not getting into the Villa team and all. But, are we forgetting that its not Garde or Sherwood anymore, its KLOPP!!. If anyone can bring the best out of Illori, its OUR manager. Not someone else’s. if Illori manages to stay fit (big if though), I am sure we will see him thrive. He has the potential and he has the attributes.

      • Although it was his debut for Bordeaux when I saw him he was organising his fellow defenders, he didn’t waste anything with his distribution, and he was aware of attacking threats.
        Good luck Tiago , it’s been a long time coming.

  18. interesting that isn’t it but, as they say, why let the truth get in the way of a good story . . . . . . . . .

  19. Tiago, you have your chance! It’s now or never, are you good enough to stay in the side? We will find out shortly

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