Liverpool should follow Man City's lead in developing a young star

Tiago Ilori

Tiago Ilori is being linked with a move to PSV Eindhoven, which seems like the ideal scenario for all involved; Karim Rekik's progression proves as much.

With Liverpool playing in the Champions League next season and added fixtures on the club’s fixture list, Brendan Rodgers is expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer.

Although more games will mean the need for more players, it does not necessarily mean that fringe figures at Anfield will get more playing time.

Tiago Ilori is one young star that is being tipped for a big future on Merseyside following a move from Sporting Lisbon last season.

If the 21-year-old defender ends up staying at Liverpool next term after returning from a loan spell at Granada there may well be a chance for him to pick up some Premier League experience.

However, with new faces expected to join the likes of Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel at the club, the opportunity to play for the Portugal under-21 man may well be few and far between.

Voetbal International has stated that PSV Eindhoven are potentially interested in taking the versatile defender on loan for next season – which seems like the ideal scenario for everyone involved.

The raw talent shown by Ilori suggests that he can be a star in the future for Liverpool, but he is not yet ready to be thrown into the breach.

The technical Eredivisie will be a chance for the centre-half to progress, with regular first-team football the perfect tonic.

If the Dutch side does come in for Ilori this summer, Rodgers would be best advised to farm the youngster out for another 12 months. Upon his return he could well be ready to play for the Reds’ senior side.

Manchester City youngster Karim Rekik has spent a season at the Philips Stadion and has just been named in Louis van Gaal's Dutch World Cup squad.

With Rekik's time in Rotterdam coming to an end, Ilori and Liverpool could be set to benefit.

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