Three centre-backs we should have given more chances, as Ilori shines and Coates closes on exit

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Tiago Ilori shone for Portugal Under-21s last night versus their English counterparts, and Liverpool fans who saw his performance have been crying out for him to be given more game time…

Since his arrival in 2013, he hasn’t played a single minute of first-team football, and he’s now 22-years-old…

Today, the BBC’s Ian Dennis claimed that Sunderland are interested in signing our centre-back, but perhaps these examples we’re about to mention show why we should keep hold of Ilori.

1) Mikel San Jose

The 26-year-old Spaniard never actually played a first-team game for Liverpool, but was on our books between 2007 and 2010 after we snared him Athletic Bilbao as a youngster. At the time, he was stuck behind Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel to name but a few in our pecking order, and Rafa Benitez didn’t give him the chance his talent probably deserved. Back in Spain though, he’s developed, and his three caps for the national side prove his pedigree. In 215 matches for boyhood club Athletic, he’s notched an incredible 27 goals – outrageous statistics for a centre-half. He even scored in the Champions League last season away to Shakhtar.

Mikel San Jose

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