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Liverpool Transfer News: Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori Will Reignite Reds

Newly acquired Mamadou Sakho will help solidify Liverpool's defense.
Newly acquired Mamadou Sakho will help solidify Liverpool's defense.Martin Rose/Getty Images
Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2013

Reinforcements are on the way for Liverpool after they acquired two young talents who will help solidify their defense.

Wayne Veysey of reported that the Reds snagged center-back Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain and are hashing out a deal with Sporting Lisbon for defender Tiago Ilori.

In need of a defensive upgrade, the Reds shelled out £17 million to Les Parisiens for Sakho, who will compete with Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure for a starting role at Liverpool. The 23-year-old looks capable of thriving in the Premier League.

According to, Sakho was one of Ligue 1's most efficient passers last season, ranking third in the league with a 91.6 percent success rate. His play helped Paris Saint-Germain seize the title.

Nor does he have to worry about being the only new kid in town. The Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis reports Ilori's deal will amount to £8 million. 

Making Sakho seem like a veteran acquisition, 20-year-old Ilroi is primed to sign a five-year deal and immediately receive substantial playing time for the Reds. Ilori played for Portugal's U18 championship squad in 2011/12.

According to BBC's Ben Smith, both players underwent physicals and should available for Liverpool's match with Manchester United on Monday.

With Kolo Toure and Sebastian Coates sidelined through injury, manager Brendan Rodgers needed some defensive insurance for the club, and to build on victories in their first two Premier League outings. 

He gets this in the shape of two youngsters fresh to the Premier League and with the potential to become mainstays for years to come. 

Liverpool have not always occupied the spotlight for the right seasons. Luis Suarez has been out of commission for biting (seriously, biting), and their official Twitter account recently caused controversy for insensitive remarks posted about the Munich air crash.

It's hard to hold your head up high amid such disturbing chaos, but the Reds will hope the age old sports adage that winning fixes everything.

With Sakho and Ilori headed to England, their chances just increased considerably.

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