The acquisition of Kolo Toure from Manchester City on a free transfer shows that there is no shortage of intent from the Reds this season. But still the clouds of uncertainty that looms over the Anfield is just too much too handle for any manager, leave aside a manager as young as Brendan Rodgers.
The relationship between Rodgers and Skrtel is not too great and the defender is unhappy with the limited opportunities that he has been provided with this season. This has given way to rumours that he is on his way out of the club this summer with Arsenal as one of the possible destinations. Coates has also been underutilized and he is also looking for a fresh lease of life.
To top it all, recent rumours suggest that Daniel Agger, their backbone of the defence, has been approached by big spending Ligue 1 side Monaco and Liverpool would have to play their cards very well to keep hold of their man.
Under these unpredictable circumstances Liverpool need to rope in one more centre back into the team and they have wasted no time in identifying their target. The latest man to come into their radar is Sporting Lisbon player Tiago Ilori, who is reportedly very close to join the Merseyside.
Liverpool Echo has stated that
“Liverpool are also in negotiations with Sporting as they look to secure the services of young centre-back Ilori.
The ECHO understands the Reds have tabled a bid of around £3million for the 20-year-old defender, who is currently on international duty with Portugal at the Toulon Tournament in France.”
The 20 year old defender has displayed tremendous pace on the pitch this season, even though he has a frame of 6’3”. Because of his massive physical structure, his aerial ability is unquestionable and it is assumed that he would imbibe very well with the physically demanding English League.
Although, he would not feature in the starting eleven from the very beginning, he should certainly come in handy as a back up and if his progress continues the way it has, within the next couple of years he would be a thing to watch out for.