Tiago Ilori has completed a permanent transfer to Reading worth £3.75 million after failing to impress Jürgen Klopp.
Since signing for Liverpool from Sporting CP in 2013, Ilori has failed to make a significant impact on Merseyside, with the frequent transfer dealings of Brendan Rodgers making it difficult for the Portuguese centre-back to settle.
Liverpool have made a marginal profit from Ilori’s sale and will receive 35% of any future transfer fee if Ilori leaves Reading due to the presence of a sell-on clause, according to This is Anfield.
Ilori will join the promotion hopefuls, currently managed by Jaap Stam and, in third-place and just six points behind Newcastle United, there is a significant chance of seeing Ilori back in the Premier League next season. Despite not having played regular senior football since the 2014/15 season, Ilori should still be a valuable addition to Reading’s side.
Mamadou Sakho is likely to follow Ilori out the door after his numerous disciplinary transgressions. The Frenchman hasn’t made a single appearance in a Liverpool shirt this season and the writing has been on the wall for some time and it’s really just a case of finding a club to take him with his disciplinary issues well publicised.
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Pedro Chirivella has already departed this month, albeit on a short-term loan to Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles. Although there is some belief that Chirivella can grow into a player of some worth, Klopp has shown his readiness to offload those who don’t bring significant value to his team.
There have been reports that Daniel Sturridge and Lucas Leiva, both players who have played important roles for the club, could be on their way out this month, but the likelier scenario is that Klopp holds both in high regard but just can’t fit either in the team – with Lucas a good squad player and Sturridge a potent finisher struggling for fitness.
But for now, Tiago, this is goodbye. Adieu.