Players - Tiago Ilori

Tiago Ilori
Birthdate: 26 February 1993
Birthplace: London, England
Nationality: Portugal
Other clubs: Sporting Lisbon (2006-13), Granada (loan 2014), Bordeaux (loan 2014-15), Aston Villa (loan 2015-16), Reading (2017-19), Sporting Lisbon (2019-)
Bought from: Sporting Lisbon
Signed for LFC: £3.5m, 02.09.2013
Liverpool debut: 08.01.2016
Last appearance: 09.02.2016
Contract expiry: 2017-01-18
Win ratio: 33.33% W:1 D:1 L:1
League games / goals / assists: 0 / 0 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 3 / 0 / 0

Player Profile

Although born in London, Tiago Ilori’s background is complicated as he could claim dual nationality through his mother (Portuguese) and his father (Nigerian) as well as British for the country of his own birth. His football education, however, occurred in the country of his mother’s birth and he was connected with Lisbon club Sporting almost as soon as he hit his teenage years although the first club with which he was associated as a Youth player, Imortal Desportivo, was situated in the southern Algarve region of the country.

Llori started out as a striker but Sporting nurtured his development carefully believing that his best position would be in central defence. They allowed him to go on loan to Estoril for the 2007/08 season and by the time he returned to his parent club he was already concentrating on being a defender rather than an attacker. His official first-team debut for Sporting in a competitive match came in a Primeira Liga match against Leiria at the end of the first week in November 2011. Despite a winning start, it was his only League appearance of the season, although he did also play the whole 90 minutes in a Europa League match against Lazio in Rome during the following month, his selection not being a risk as his club had already ensured its qualification as winners of Group D.

In the first half of the 2012/13 season Ilori made twenty League starts for Sporting’s B team in Portugal’s Segunda Liga. After being promoted to the senior team in February 2013, he played in eleven of the final dozen Primeira Liga matches. The tall centre-back has represented Portugal at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level and it is probably only a matter of time before he plays for his country’s senior team.

After being named in only three senior match-day squads by Brendan Rodgers in the first half of the 2013/14 season, it wasn't a big surprise when Ilori went on loan to Granada towards the end of the January 2014 transfer-window where he played in 8 La Liga matches. ilori was again sent on loan in the 2014/15 season, this time to Bordeaux where he would remain for the whole of the season. He made twelve appearances in the French First Division in 2014/15, scoring once. He also played in the French Cup twice and the French League Cup once. Bordeaux finished the season in sixth place, which was enough to qualify for the 2015/16 Europa League, entering at the third qualifying round. Ilori was loaned to Aston Villa for £1m loan fee on 1 September 2015 with Villa able to buy him following the 2015/16 season for £6m to £9m depending on appearances. After not featuring for a single minute for Villa Illori returned to Liverpool in January 2016 as Liverpool had no centre-half fit. He made his Liverpool debut at Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup and also played in the replay. The only other game he played in was away at West Ham in the fourth round replay of the FA Cup and apart from the last game of the season at West Bromwich Albion, he didn't even make the bench.

For 2016-17 he was consigned to the U-23s and on 18 January 2017 completed a move to Reading, for a fee reported by the BBC as £3.75million. After just two appearances he developed an ankle injury that kept him out for two months, but he did return in April and appeared in the play off final defeat to Huddersfield. He played 34 times in all competitions during 2017-18. In January 2019 Ilori rejoined Sporting Lisbon for an undisclosed fee and was a Portuguese Cup winner that season, but in 2019/20 he made just eight league appearances. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 3 0 0 0 3
2013-2014 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015-2016 0 3 0 0 0 3
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
2 167 Exeter City
1 120 West Ham United
Total Started/substitutions
3 Started
5 On the bench
0 Substitute
1 Substituted
Total Venue
2 Away
1 Home
Total Competition
3 FA Cup
Total W D L Win % Manager
3 1 1 1 33.3% Jürgen Klopp
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 08.01.2016 Exeter City St James Park, Exeter FA Cup
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Sporting CP 2011-2012 Primeira Liga, Portugal 1 0 2 0
Sporting CP 2012-2013 Primeira Liga, Portugal 11 1 12 1
Granada CF 2013-2014 La Liga, Spain 9 0 9 0
Bordeaux 2014-2015 Ligue 1, France 12 1 15 1
Aston Villa 2015-2016 Premier League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Reading 2016-2017 Championship 5 0 8 0
Reading 2017-2018 Championship 29 0 34 0
Reading 2018-2019 Championship 19 1 22 1
Sporting Lisbon 2018-2019 Portugal 1 6 0 10 0
Sporting Lisbon 2019-2020 Portugal 1 8 0 14 0
Total 100 3 126 3