The young Portuguese defender is now back at Liverpool following a spell at Villa Park.
The 22-year-old signed for Liverpool back in the summer of 2013 but he had to wait patiently for his chance as he was loaned out first to Granada then Bordeaux and most recently Villa.
At first glance the switch to the Villans looked like a wonderful move, but Ilori did not feature at all under either Tim Sherwood or his successor Remi Garde and the centre-back has since returned to Anfield.
Two impressive performances against Exeter City in the FA Cup have suggested better things to come for Ilori and now he has opened up about his failed move at the start of the campaign.
Ilori did not feature for Villa in part because he was not deemed match-ready. However, that is something the player himself refutes.
“I was, in my opinion, fit,” he told the Daily Mail. “I trained, played a few friendlies to try to get match-fit again and waited for my opportunity.
“It has not been an easy season for Villa and things are complicated, but I went there to play so it is not easy for me to be happy if I am not playing. But at the end of the day the coach has to make a decision and he made the decision he thought was best so I can’t really criticise.”
Ilori returns to Liverpool at an interesting time, with new manager Jurgen Klopp tipped to turn them back into title contenders eventually, although this season they are focusing predominantly on winning some much needed silverware in the cup competitions.
After Ilori impressed in the FA Cup, expect him to get more chances in that competition and others besides.