The 22-year-old is yet to feature for Liverpool’s first-team despite signing from Sporting Lisbon back in 2013.
Since then he has spent time on loan at Spanish side Granada and French club Bordeaux and it will be interesting to see if Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers finally gives him his chance next season.
The alternative is perhaps a loan deal a little closer to home, to see if Ilori has what it takes to succeed in English football, but if that is the case it seems a move to Sunderland is out of the question.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Ilori senior said, “There are other clubs interested, like Sunderland, but Sunderland is a cold city.”
The Portuguese centre-back will have to be patient if he wants to feature regularly for Liverpool with Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure all ahead of him in the pecking order.
But whatever the future holds it seems a temporary switch to the Black Cats is not particularly appealing to the player…or at least to his father.