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Tiago Ilori big fan of Liverpool legend Carragher

Liverpool summer signing Tiago Ilori admits he's a big fan of Jamie Carragher.

The 20-year-old is well aware that there is a long road of improvement ahead in the years to come but nevertheless retains lofty ambitions.

"I admired him as a player," Ilori told the official Liverpool FC magazine about Carragher.

"We're different - he's done everything in the game and I've done nothing yet, but also in terms of the way I play and the way he played.

"We're different but I respect him enormously for what he's done for Liverpool Football Club.

"I can be aggressive when I need to be but that's not the main part of my game. I think I'm relatively quick. I like to come out with the ball and try to build play from the back. I also like to go forward for set-plays.

"You tend to look at your own position and I was always told about Franz Beckenbauer and saw lots of videos of him while I was growing up.

"I respect all defenders who have been able to have some success in the game but I would love to play like Beckenbauer."

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