Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had been linked with a swoop for the highly-rated 20-year-old stopper earlier in the summer with claims he had an initial £3million bid rebuffed by Sporting. However after their interest appeared to cool the Reds were again linked with Ilori in the past week when it emerged that their Uruguayan international centre-half Sebastian Coates was ruled out for the majority of this season with a serious knee injury.