Tiago Ilori back at Liverpool after Aston Villa cut short loan deal
By Andy Thompson
Last Updated: 07/01/16 2:44pm
Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has confirmed that on-loan defender Tiago Ilori has returned to Liverpool.
Sky sources reported on Thursday that the injury-hit Reds were considering asking Villa to bring Ilori's season-long loan deal to an early close.
Jurgen Klopp's side are currently without Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure - all four of their recognised central defenders.
Speaking at Villa's pre-match news conference, Garde revealed a deal had been agreed for Ilori, who never featured for Villa's first team, to cut short his spell in the West Midlands.
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"He has gone back," Garde said. "The player was not happy about his situation at this football club and not playing.
"When I arrived he was not totally fit, I don't know exactly what happened between August and the beginning of November. He was not always injured, but he trained with me.
"I have a lot of options in that part of the field, there was a lot of competition, and he was not happy not to play. But it was my decision and he's gone back to Liverpool."
Ilori has yet to make a first-team appearance for Liverpool since a £7m move from Sporting Lisbon in 2013.
The 22-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Bordeaux, could now make his debut in Friday's FA Cup tie at Exeter City.