Liverpool may be light on defenders for a while, so could they bring back the Aston Villa loanee?
But that is exactly the case for the young Portuguese, who followed up loan spells at Granada and Bordeaux with a season-long stint at Aston Villa.
However, the 22-year-old has not even got close to a Villa appearance as yet, failing to make the match-day squad in either the Premier League or the Capital One Cup and having to make do with a single under-21 appearance thus far.
That is not what Liverpool would have wanted when they sent Ilori to Villa Park. After all, if Reds manager Jurgen Klopp wants the centre-back to play under-21 football he can do that back on Merseyside.
This was supposed to be a step up for Ilori and while he was never expected to stroll straight into the Villa side he seems highly unlikely to get even a single minute any time soon.
With Liverpool defender Joe Gomez out for the season and Mamadou Sakho suffering what appeared to be a serious injury against Crystal Palace at the weekend, what chance Klopp recalling Ilori from his loan spell and potentially giving him his Reds debut in due course?
After all, if Sakho is out for a while – and that remains unclear – Liverpool fans will be wary of becoming over reliant on Dejan Lovren and Ilori could yet seize his unlikely chance to shine.