Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing AC Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci, according to Yahoo Sports but, if he is available, Liverpool should rival their bitter adversaries for his signature.
Jurgen Klopp is still searching for a reliable defender to partner record signing Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence, with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip failing to lay down a marker when gifted opportunities last term.
And Bonucci would instantly inject the level of quality and experience the German coach is looking for. At 31, the Italian international is now at the peak of his abilities and is widely recognised as one of the finest defenders in world football and, alongside the Dutchman, the Reds would arguably boast the strongest defensive pairing in the Premier League.
Milan ideally would not want the ex-Juventus man to leave after just one season, but the report claims the club are facing an uncertain summer, as they might be expelled from European club competitions for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.
Bonucci has not had his finest season since arriving at the San Siro, as his club finished sixth in Serie A. But his pedigree cannot be questioned.
His rare blend of technical quality in possession and defensive understanding would make him a sensational coup for Liverpool. And getting one over United would be the icing on the cake.