Liverpool youngster ready to step in with Toure against Arsenal

Liverpool youngster Tiago Ilori has claimed that he’s working hard to make sure he’s ready to step in should Jurgen Klopp need him for Wednesday’s game against Arsenal.

The 22-year-old Portuguese centre-back was re-called from his loan spell at Aston Villa by the Merseysiders last week and made his official debut for the club after just one full training session against Exeter in the 2-2 FA Cup draw in Devon.

Jurgen Klopp was somewhat forced into fielding a team of youth and fringe players given his side’s injury woes, with his centre-back ranks having suffered the most.

Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel were all unavailable on Friday night, and although the former is likely be back for the crunch Arsenal game, Ilori may find himself thrust in if Sakho cannot regain fitness.

And speaking to the Liverpool Echo about the possibility of lining up alongside the veteran Ivorian, the former Sporting Lisbon man claimed that he’s doing all he can to be ready to play if needed:

“Obviously, there are some defenders out injured at the moment but I don’t know what the manager will decide, we’ll have to see what happens now,

“I just try to work hard every day. I’ll keep doing my best so that when the opportunities come along I can perform.”

Despite having signed for Liverpool way back in 2013, the Exeter game was Ilori’s competitive debut for the club, and he revealed that it was a proud moment for him:

“I’d waited a long time for that and I loved it,

“It was a dream come true. Hopefully there will be more minutes to come for me in a Liverpool shirt.

“I’m pleased to be back. This is where I feel most comfortable. This is my parent club. I love being here.”