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.
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.
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.