Liverpool should have gone for Bonucci prior to his Juventus return

On Thursday, Juventus re-signed Leonardo Bonucci just one year after selling him to AC Milan, but Liverpool should have tried to scupper the deal.

What’s the word?

Bonucci recently made the controversial decision to return to Turin despite having four years left on his contract at the San Siro.

The Italy international’s desire to leave should have been picked up by Liverpool, even though it seems that the club have not been actively pursuing a new defender.

Virgil van Dijk has significantly improved the back line in Jurgen Klopp’s team thanks to his confidence and leadership skills.

Bonucci, who is valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, is edging towards the latter stages of his career at the age of 31, but he is still a world-class defender.

He and Van Dijk could have formed a solid partnership that would have worried attacking opponents.

However, it looks as though the Dutchman will be marshalling the defence alongside Dejan Lovren this season.

Is the defence still a concern?

The back line has been a weakness for Liverpool over the las few seasons, but things are starting to change.

The Merseyside outfit now have the most expensive centre-back and goalkeeper in the world, therefore there are no excuses for poor performances.

However, there is still some doubt over Lovren’s ability as he has struggled for consistency since his 2014 switch to Anfield from Southampton.

The Croatian international, who reached the final of the World Cup, vastly improved in the latter stages of the 2017-18 campaign but he is still susceptible to making mistakes.

Depending on how the season pans out, Klopp may end up thinking that he should have dipped into the market to buy a new centre-back.