Tiago Illori
Reuters

Liverpool have agreed principal terms to send centre-back Tiago Ilori on loan to Granada until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old defender arrived on Merseyside last summer after Liverpool paid £7m to Sporting Lisbon to secure his services but the youngster has struggled to impress Brendan Rodgers in the first part of the season and the Liverpool boss believes a loan is the best way to gain more experience in the top flight.

Valencia, Valladolid and Betis have reportedly been in negotiations to secure Llori's loan, but IBTimes UK understands that Ilori will move to Granada until the end of the season as both clubs have already agreed the basic framework of the deal.

According to sources from Granada, the club have also agreed personal terms with the Portuguese under 21 international and it just remains to put pen on paper to close the deal, which may become official during the weekend.

With Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho all ahead of Llori in Rodger's squad, the youngster is yet to play a minute for Liverpool and is happy to move away on a temporary basis to get more playing time.

Brendan Rodgers recently said of Ilori: "He has come in and he now knows what Liverpool is about and the standards.

"It has been difficult for him in terms of game time because he hasn't played. But he has come in and shown the profile of player we thought he would be.

"It's the case that we'll probably look to get him a loan period now, where he can get some games. As a defender, he needs to be playing. He'd certainly be someone that we'd look to get on loan."