Tiago Ilori is the first player that is set to leave Liverpool in the January transfer window, as a reshuffle looks set to take place at the Kirkby Academy.

Ilori, 23, signed from Sporting Lisbon for £3.5m in July 2013, but has only made three appearances for the first-team and had loan spells at Bordeaux and Granada.

However, after making eight appearances for Mike Garrity’s U23s this season, the defender looks set to join Championship side Reading on a permanent deal worth approximately £3.75m.

Despite Ilori’s likely exit, it seems as if the Reds have found a potential replacement in the form of young defender Cian Harries.

Harris, 19, is currently at SkyBet League One side Coventry City after breaking into the first team this season after a loan spell at Cheltenham Town last season.

The Wales youth international was named as a trialist in Liverpool U23s’ first game of 2017. Jack Dunn scored a 30-minute hat-trick as the young Reds thrashed Bangor City 6-0, with Harry Wilson grabbing a brace.

Toni Gomes was also on target for Garrity’s side, with Sheyi Ojo playing another 45 minutes as he continues to build up to full fitness with many of the youngsters set to feature against Plymouth in the FA Cup Third Round on 8 January.

Gomes also scored twice for the U23s in their final game of 2016, as they played out a thrilling 4-4 draw against Wigan Athletic at the Academy.

Ojo opened the scoring before Wigan equalised through Sam Cosgrove but goals from Gomes and Wilson gave Liverpool a commanding 3-1 lead.

The visitors pulled a goal back before half time and then added a further two goals from two set-pieces to complete an unlikely turnaround.

However, Portuguese youth international Gomes then saved Liverpool’s blushes in the closing stages as 2016 came to an end in thrilling circumstances.

In other transfer news, another player who could be on his way out is midfielder Pedro Chirivella, who is set to join Eredivisie side Go Ahead Eagles on a short-term loan deal.

The midfielder, 19, has been training full-time at Melwood but is yet to break into the first-team on a regular basis, making five appearances since his arrival from Valencia in July 2013.

Jürgen Klopp is a huge admirer of the Spaniard, but feels consistent game time will further his development. He will join a side who are bottom of the Eredivisie but only two points from safety.

Staying with transfers, and for the second consecutive week running, the Reds have missed out on signing another talented prospect.

After Ademola Lookman signed for Merseyside rivals Everton this week, young Uruguayan Juan Sanabria has put pen to paper of an agreement to sign for Athletico Madrid after a three-way battle with Barcelona and Liverpool.

Finally, the U18s have announced that their FA Youth Cup fourth round tie at Man City will take place on 14 January, with their Premier League fixture on 7 January being postponed.

Neil Critchley’s side beat Crystal Palace on penalties in the third round, but face a tough task against the 2016 beaten finalists and one of the favourites for the trophy this time round.

Written by Scott Taylor

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