With Liverpool’s defensive ranks hit by a number of injuries, Liverpool have contacted Aston Villa to arrange a loan recall for Tiago Ilori.
Ilori is yet to make an appearance for the relegation favourites, despite Villa paying Liverpool £1 million to secure his services on loan at the end of August.
The Portuguese has struggled with fitness issues during his time at Villa Park, but with both Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde enduring defensive problems in charge of the Villans, his absence has been bemusing.
With Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren all injury concerns for the Reds at this stage, the club have contacted Villa with a view to cancelling Ilori’s loan.
Reports confirm that Jurgen Klopp is exploring the possibility of adding the versatile defender to his ranks this January.
Ilori is able to perform as a left- and right-sided centre-back, as well as at right-back and in defensive midfield.
Tall, quick and comfortable in possession, Ilori would be an ideal addition to Klopp’s defensive line in theory.
The 22-year-old is adept in a high defensive line, and his aggressive style will suit Klopp’s style of play, but if Ilori returns his challenge will be to prove his fitness.
If Klopp is able to harness Ilori’s abilities, he could have a top-quality centre-back at his disposal.
Recalling Ilori is a cost-effective solution to Liverpool’s defensive woes and, unlike additional signings, will not affect the balance within Klopp’s squad.
The onus is now on Villa, who will no doubt be keen to cancel Ilori’s terms to free up a valuable loan slot this January.