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Liverpool return to Sporting Lisbon for Tiago Ilori

Liverpool are reviving their bid for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori.

The Mirror says Brendan Rodgers has gone back with an improved offer for the Sporting Lisbon centre-half he was first linked with in May only to have an initial bid of around £3million rejected.

Reds boss Rodgers has been forced into the swift return after centre-half Sebastian Coates was ruled out for six months with a cruciate ­ligament injury picked up playing for Uruguay.

That has left the Anfield giants in a worrying situation, with doubts also lingering over Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, who have been carrying knocks and been linked with Barcelona and Italian side Napoli respectively.

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