Liverpool media round-up: Reds can't recall Ilori, Ibe thankful to Rodgers

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool are unable to recall defender Tiago Ilori from Aston Villa according to a report in the Liverpool Echo, as the Reds endure a shortage of central defenders with Mamadou Sakho set for a spell on the sidelines.

Ilori has yet to play a game for Aston Villa ever since sealing a season-long loan switch, with Villa having the option to buy the player.

The Echo does report that there is 'little prospect' of Villa taking up the option to buy the 22-year-old in the summer.

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has been explaining the debt of gratitude he owes to former manager Brendan Rodgers after he gave Ibe his professional debut at the age of 17.

Ibe explained to the Liverpool Echo the difference the man who was sacked last month had on his development.

He said: “One of the biggest areas that he developed in my game was how I made forward runs. Before Brendan started working with me I probably wasn’t getting them exactly right.

“The other thing was the freedom he gave me. As a young player that is great to have."

Ibe is to miss international duty this week with a bruised knee but is expected to return for the Reds trip to Manchester City on November 21.

Another player who has withdrawn from international duty, according to the Liverpool website, is James Milner with a hamstring injury. Milner missed the weekend's defeat to Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury.

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