Liverpool may feel Tiago Ilori has a future at Anfield - Where and when does he fit?

Tiago Ilori is in talks over a new contract according to reports, but does this mean he will finally get his chance in the Liverpool first team?

Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori is in talks over a possible new contract at the club, the Daily Mail reports, despite never making a competitive first team appearance for the Reds.

Ilori signed for around £7 million at the end of the 2013 summer transfer window from Sporting Lisbon but has spent time on loan at Granada and Bordeaux.

It does indicate that those at Liverpool feel he has a future at Anfield, but there are an awful lot of defenders at the club's disposal.

Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure, Andre Wisdom are all on the Reds' books while 18-year-old Joe Gomez has recently completed his move from Charlton Athletic. 

The Reds have used the loan system an awful lot, and even though it's suggested he will be given a chance during the Reds' pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia there is every chance he could be sent on another loan spell.

Toure committing to another one-year deal at Anfield suggests he could be used as a mentor - and used sparingly, so there is a chance Ilori could leapfrog the veteran in the pecking order at some point in the season, while the defenders from last season didn't really impress. It was notable, however, just how much better the Reds tend to perform with the presence of Mamadou Sakho at the back. 

New signing Gomez can play either at centre-back or right-back so there is feasibly room for either one of him or Andre Wisdom. Given that Wisdom spent a lot of the second half of the season at West Bromwich Albion last term out of the starting XI, Rodgers may want Wisdom to have more time away from the club to spend on loan.

But more of the Liverpool defenders at the club could get some game time if Rodgers were to use a system that employs three at the back like on occasions during the last campaign - while the Europa League and cup competitions may provide opportunities. 

It depends what Liverpool want for the Portuguese Under-21 international when it comes to his role within the current Liverpool set-up.

It doesn't seem as if he wants to part with any more of his defensive options on a permanent basis just yet. When it comes to the likes of Ilori and Wisdom, it will just be case of whether they can get enough game time at Liverpool, and continue to develop well. 

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