Liverpool's Tiago Ilori speaks about Portugal's U21 European Championship campaign

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The promising Liverpool talent was pleased with his side's efforts against Germany in the semi-final.

Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has been speaking to the club’s official website ahead of Portugal’s match against Sweden in the U21 European Championship final later this week.

The centre-back may not have made his first-team debut for Liverpool yet – instead spending the majority of the last two seasons on loan in Spain and then France – but he is clearly impressing from afar, playing a vital role in his country’s march to the final.

A 5-0 win against Germany in the last round showed just how good this young Portugal side is and Liverpool teammate Emre Can will surely testify to that after seeing his country embarrassed on the night.

But after missing that match with injury, Ilori will be hoping to be back for the final, before potentially staking a claim for a first-team chance at Anfield next season.

“It was great,” Ilori said of the result against Germany. “I couldn’t have asked for better. We’re going to do everything we can and of course we’re confident (of winning the competition), we’ve always been confident.”

Ilori is just one of a number of impressive Portuguese players coming through the ranks right now, with Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho another star-in-the-making.

After loan spells at Granada and Bordeaux, the time could be right for Ilori to make his first-team bow at Liverpool, because despite his age he is clearly a talent that cannot be ignored for long.

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