The Portugal under-21 international did not feature at all during his time at Villa Park.
Liverpool's current injury problems have presented an opportunity to one of their young players who was previously out on a very depressing loan deal.
Tiago Ilori has returned to Liverpool today after six miserable months at Villa Park.
The talented defender did not get a game at Villa despite their current woes in the Premier League.
Liverpool - who have Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho currently out injured - are desperate for defensive cover this month and the Portuguese youngster is now set to get straight in to first-team action.
There is no doubt that Liverpool fans are excited to see what he can do at the club, with a potential appearance against Exeter City in the FA Cup on Friday:
Great to see Tiago Ilori and Sheyi Ojo's loan recalls confirmed. Both can make an impact under Jurgen Klopp at #LFC at this stage.— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) January 7, 2016
Both Ilori and Ojo return to #LFC early. Reason isn't good(injuries), but would like to see them get time. Ilori is a future starting CB.— William Sinsky (@WSinsky) January 7, 2016
Any theories on why Ilori didn't get any playing time at Villa if he is any good? Fitness problems? #LFC— Mark G (@markshark1122) January 6, 2016
Hope Tiago Ilori back to #LFC for good. Who knows J. Klopp will be able to develop him to be a better CB. Save transfer money.— waizuq (@waizuq) January 6, 2016
Tiago Ilori coming back to LFC his loan to Villa is canceled. Good news. https://t.co/iEdUgwujlX— #KloppEffect (@feehan1987) January 6, 2016
Please Please give Ilori a a chance!!— SAS (@smeet_LFC) January 7, 2016
Aston Villa fans meanwhile are bemused as to why on earth their club snapped up the player on loan when they seemingly had no intention of playing him:
Ilori goes up there with Makoun as one of our more mysterious signings of recent times #AVFC— 馬特惡棍 (@dvtavfc) January 7, 2016
Tiago Ilori the most pointless loan signing ahead of jermaine jenas.— Rick (@Rick_avfc) January 7, 2016
If LFC want Ilori back for their defence and AVFC's has been crap, why haven't we been playing him?— Ronan McDonnell (@inquisitioneu) January 6, 2016
We're obviously going to really miss Tiago Ilori, thanks for all the memories! All the best! #avfc— Louie (@lllooouuiiee) January 6, 2016
Tiago ilori back to scouce land?why?,got to be better than the crap were playing now.#avfc— ROBERT ABBOTT (@ROBERTA27993456) January 1, 2016
The Hampstead-born Portugal under-21 international arrived at Liverpool from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2013, in a deal reportedly worth around £8 million – according to the Daily Mirror.
He has already spent two spells out on loan away from Liverpool in the past two years.
He spent the end of the 2013-14 season on loan at La Liga outfit Granada and impressed sufficiently for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux to take him on loan for the 2014-15 campaign – where he played 14 times and scored once.