Why Tiago Ilori is right to turn down interest from Sunderland and be patient at Liverpool

Ilori is yet to make a competitive first team appearance for Liverpool, but could have a role to play this season.

Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori appears to have attracted interest from Sunderland, according to various reports from sources such as the MirrorSky Sports have since said he has turned down a move to the North East.

The centre-back hasn't played a competitive game for the Reds having had two loan spells since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, as he managed to get some first team experience at both Granada and Bordeaux over the past couple of seasons. 

Many have wondered whether the man who made the £7 million switch back in the summer of 2013 would ever play a competitive game for the Reds but given that he is still at Anfield with the transfer deadline fast approaching, it looks as if Brendan Rodgers is considering some sort of role for him.

Dick Advocaat seems to be have been on a huge recruitment drive at the Stadium of Light and has brought in several defenders including Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates, while the defence has been a problem for the Black Cats during the early stages of the campaign.

Competition at both clubs looks as if it's going to be pretty fierce whichever option Ilori wants to take, and given what he has posted on social media in recent weeks, it appears he would like to have a real chance of forging a career on Merseyside and had no real interest in playing his football elsewhere this summer.

As it stands, he is probably fifth in the pecking order at Anfield, but one only needs to look at their defensive options, and the recent defeat to West Ham United at the weekend to suggest that Rodgers' preferences could change in the weeks and months ahead. 

Dejan Lovren probably retains the faith of the Liverpool boss for now but if he puts in another performance like he did at the weekend then he will surely take him out of the firing line, while Mamadou Sakho may be rated as the club's best defender by many but his injury record hasn't been great, while Kolo Toure seems to be at the club for cover and cup competitions. 

There is also the fixtures that Liverpool will endure next month when they begin both their campaign in the Europa League and League Cup, which will surely see the Reds make several changes to their line-up. Here will be the perfect chance for Ilori to stake his claim for a more regular place in the side, and more likely to be on a bigger stage than at the Stadium of Light. 

If he's patient enough, it could be a big season for Ilori - possibly the first step towards establishing himself at Anfield. 

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