Turns out there's a fair bit that has happened over the past few days regarding people not named Luis Suarez, but all of these everythings aren't going to worst themselves, so we've pretty much had to focus on his move to Barcelona. We're sorry, and we promise that you'll never hear about it ever again. We tried Wilfried Bony and Dejan Lovren, but neither proved entirely inspirational.
The next step, then, is Tiago Ilori. As you do.
Ilori had a solid loan spell at Granada after heading out on loan during the second half of the season, featuring regularly when fitness issues didn't interfere and generally acquitting himself well. He showed regular glimpses of the the types of displays that Liverpool were hoping for when they signed him--smart positioning, decent reading of the game, calm in possession, and capable of getting forward at pace. Not polished by any stretch, but certainly deserving of added minutes during the season to come.
With Dejan Lovren widely expected to join and each of Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, and Kolo Toure still around, those minutes aren't likely to come at Liverpool. So in news that won't surprise anyone, the young Portuguese is set for another loan spell that will ideally see him build off his time at Granada. A move back to Spain wouldn't be surprising, though something in the top two tiers of English football might make more sense at this point.
Three of the five named above will likely be moving on in the coming years, and if he's able to continue his progress--and, perhaps more importantly, Liverpool continue theirs--Tiago Ilori should hopefully be ready to challenge for a regular spot in the first team.
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