London - Liverpool central defender Tiago Ilori is keen to
stay and fight for a place in Brendan Rodgers' first team squad after spending
a majority of the last two seasons out on loan in Spain and France.
The Portugal under-21 international joined from Sporting
Lisbon for a reported fee of seven million pounds ($10.97 million) two years
ago but is yet to make his first team debut, instead seeing out loan spells at
Granada and Bordeaux.
"I want to play for Liverpool. I don't want to be in
Liverpool just to be sitting around," the 22-year-old was quoted as saying
by the Liverpool Echo after playing a half for the under-21 side in the
mini-derby against Everton on Wednesday.
"My objective is the same as every other player, we all
want to play so everyone's going to fight for their place," he added.
"I joined Liverpool two seasons ago to play for
Liverpool, that is my number one objective so I'm going to do everything to
make that happen," he added.
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A injury sustained at the European Under-21 Championship
prevented Ilori from joining Liverpool's summer tour and the defender is keen
to make up for lost time.
"I haven't played for a few months so the most
important thing for me was to get back into action," Ilori said.
"It was frustrating to get injured but at the same time
I hadn't had a holiday for two years and you need some time off, so it came at
the right time.
Should Liverpool retain the player, he faces an uphill
battle to force his way into the side with Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou
Sakho, Kolo Toure and Joe Gomez all considered ahead of him in the pecking
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