Reds are desperate to bring in more cover at the back for the new season.
Liverpool are believed to have moved a step closer to sealing a £3 million move for highly-rated young Sporting Lisbon centre back Tiago Ilori, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The Portugal Under-20 international has been with the Lisbon giants for his entire career to date, having made his debut in the Portuguese capital two years ago, during which time the London-born 20-year-old has featured in just the 12 first-team fixtures for Sporting, scoring once in the process.
However, Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers wants to bring the central defender to Anfield when the transfer window swings open into action finally again on July 1 as a player who the Northern Irishman views for the future, especially in light of veteran defender Jamie Carragher’s recent retirement.
Ilori has a contract with Sporting that runs until June 30 2015, but it is not believed that his employers will stand in his way of a dream move to the Premier League.