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Liverpool ready to drop Papadopoulos bid for Tiago Ilori

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to end his pursuit of Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The Guardian says the manager is prepared to consider alternatives to his leading central-defensive target, Papadopoulos, should Schalke attempt to start an auction.

Liverpool value the 21-year-old in the region of £12m but reports in Bild on Wednesday claim his club are now demanding €22.5m.

Sporting Lisbon's Tiago Ilori is likely to be Rodgers' next target.

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