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26 February 1993
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1.90 m (6’3")
Tiago Abiola Delfim Almeida Ilori (born 26 February 1993) is an English-born Portuguese footballer who played as a defender for Liverpool from 2013 to 2017, but made just three first team appearances.
It was reported early in the 2013 summer transfer window that Liverpool were keen on recruiting Sporting Lisbon’s highly-rated young centre back Tiago Ilori. The links initially dried up with Liverpool and Sporting seemingly too far apart in their valuations of the player, however Liverpool re-opened talks towards the end of August and eventually agreed a fee in the region of £7,000,000 for the player. Liverpool confirmed the deal for Ilori on 2 September 2013, together with the deal for fellow centre back Mamadou Sakho. Ilori took squad number 26, last worn by midfielder Charlie Adam.
Ilori made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt on 17 September 2013, as he played the duration of the U21s' clash with Sunderland at Anfield. In a 5-2 victory, Ilori gave a composed and commanding performance for which he received praise. Despite this, Ilori did not play a single minute of first team football, and on 20 January 2014, he was sent out on loan to Spanish side Granada for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. Upon his return in the summer of 2014, he was expected to move out on loan again for the 2014-15 season. On 18 August 2014, Liverpool announced he had joined French side Bordeaux.
On 1 September 2015, after a reported move to Sunderland had broke down, it was confirmed that Ilori was to be sent out on loan to Aston Villa for the 2015-16 season. The Villans also have the option to buy the centre back for a fee between £6,000,000 and £9,000,000 at the end of the season.
Ilori did not play a game while at Villa, so new manager Remi Garde made an agreement on 8 January 2016 to cancel the loan. On that day Ilori made his first Liverpool appearance, starting as first choice centre back in a youthful team in a 2-2 FA Cup draw at Exeter. The defender made his first Anfield appearance on 20 January, continuing at centre back in a 3-0 replay win over Exeter. On 9 February 2016, Ilori started alongside Lucas in a 2-1 defeat at West Ham, but put in a good performance alongside the makeshift centre-half.
After failing to make an appearance in a senior squad for the 2016-17 season, it was confirmed in 18 January 2017 that Ilori had signed for Championship side Reading for a fee of £3,750,000.
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- Tiago Ilori career stats at Soccerbase