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Fee Agreed: Liverpool To Sell Defender To Reading For £3.75m

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Tiago Ilori of Liverpool in action during the Liverpool v Reading Premier League 2 game at Prenton Park on November 20, 2016 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sell defender Tiago Ilori to Reading.

The centre-back is not part of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans, so (as reported by the Liverpool Echo) the club has given Ilori permission to discuss personal terms and have a medical with the Championship side.

Big things were expected of Iliori when he joined Liverpool from Sporting CP in a £3.5m (potentially rising to £7m) deal in 2013. However, he has never been able to make his mark in the first team, and had loan stints away from the club (one of which was a disastrous stay at Aston Villa last season) in his three-and-a-half year spell at Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Tiago Ilori of Liverpool holds off Clinton Morrison of Exeter City during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Liverpool and Exeter City at Anfield on January 20, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Indeed, he only made his first-team debut least season, as Klopp played him in a mostly reserve side against Exeter in the FA Cup third round. He went on to play in the replay of that fixture, and the fourth round against West Ham, but has never looked like pushing for a first-team role under the German.

In fact, he has spent most of this season partnered with another Klopp exile, Mamadou Sakho, in Michael Beale’s Liverpool under-23 side.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Ben Woodburn (third from right) of Liverpool celebrates his goal with (l-r) Tiago Ilori, Matthew Virtue Mamadou Sakho and Madger Gomes during the Liverpool v Reading Premier League 2 game at Prenton Park on November 20, 2016 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Assuming everything goes to plan, Illori will become the first player to leave Anfield in this transfer window (with Sakho surely set to follow), but Klopp has insisted that first-team departures will be kept to a minimum in January following last summer’s exodus.

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