The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Liverpool have renewed their interest in signing Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon. Talks between the two broke down in June, but the 20-year-old has since turned down the option of a new contract.
Liverpool’s current defensive pairing is Daniel Agger, the subject of interest from Barcelona, and Kolo Toure, only a short term solution to the position. Although Toure did well on his league debut for the club against Stoke City, he’s unlikely to be a 38-game player for Liverpool.
Martin Skrtel had some of his best seasons before the arrival of Brendan Rodgers and it looks like his career at Liverpool is coming to an end.
Andre Wisdom and Martin Kelly are young options but may be too early to call upon for a starting role. That leaves Sebasitan Coates, who has so far made little impact since joining in 2011.
Ilori has terrific aerial and technical ability, but his signing would be more of a long term investment due to his immense potential and would be highly unlikely to usurp either of the starting defenders this season. He’d likely battle with Coates for the fourth spot on the depth chart.
Ilori has been noted for his quickness, which would be a startling change from Liverpool’s centre back players of the recent past.
In terms of pace, Ilori is quick across the ground both in long and short distances with good acceleration, which makes him able to defend from deep positions or maintain a high defensive line. His quickness is especially useful when the opposition counter-attacks .. he’s able to track-back to, for example, turn a situation like a 3-v-2 in to a 3-v-3 instead.
(via Per Qvist, The Travelling Kop)