Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp made plenty of changes to the loan system prevalent at the Merseyside as he bought in a number of players back to Anfield cutting short their loan spells.
One such loanee Tiago Ilori who was at Aston Villa hardly got to play for the team and has now revealed the reason for his lack of game time.
The 22-year old Liverpool defender failed to make even a single appearance for the struggling Villa side and came back to Anfield earlier this month.
There were rumors that the defender carried an injury going to the Midlands but Ilori has now revealed that he was fully fit after his move to Villa and said that he was not in the plans of the manager as he failed to dawn the Villa shirt even once in his loan spell.
Ilori was a part of the U-21 Portugal squad that reached the European Championship final and explained that he is in good shape and ready for the Premier League after the vigorous tournament.
Talking to Eurosport, Ilori said, “When I went there I wasn’t injured. I didn’t do pre-season but I’d had a tournament with the national team in the summer.
“I was, in my opinion, fit. I trained, played a few friendlies to try to get match fit again and waited for my opportunity.
“It has not been an easy season for Vllla and things are complicated but I went there to play so it is not easy for me to be happy if I am not playing but at the end of the day the coach has to make a decision and he made the decision he thought was best so I can’t really criticize.”
Aston Villa are struggling at the bottom of the Premier League table with just 2 wins this season and have the third worst defensive record in the Premier League. So it not hard to understand why Ilori was not a part of the plans at Villa Park.
Since coming back to Anfield, Ilori made 2 appearances for the Liverpool senior side, both against Exeter in the FA Cup but will not be getting too many chances with Steven Caulker in the team as a back up.
He will have to fight it out for a place in the squad or look for a better chance elsewhere at the end of the season.