The 2020/21 Liverpool season has been defined by injuries. The Reds have seen Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all go down with season ending injuries.
This had a ripple effect as Jordan Henderson and Fabinho were forced to play as makeshift centre backs for the majority of the season. Then, even our makeshift defenders suffered injuries.
The combination of Nathaniel Phillips and Ozan Kabak has seen the Reds secure two consecutive clean sheets against RB Leipzig and Wolves respectively.
Although Jurgen Klopp has found some cohesion with the current pairing, Liverpool continue to be linked with defenders. The latest is Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan.
The report claims that Liverpool face strong competition for the defender with Barcelona and Bayern Munich also interested in Bastoni's services.
The 21 year-old Italian has made 32 total appearances this season; 24 in Serie A, six in the Champions League, and two in the Coppa Italia. In those 32 appearances, the ball playing centre back has four assists.
Liverpool have sorely missed Virgil van Dijk's passing and could do with a backup defender that has the ability to open up teams by playing balls from the backline.
As noted by whoscored, the defender has "no significant weaknesses". The report did not include a price tag, but transfermarkt has him valued at $55 million (£39.5 million).
The report from Italy says that Alessandro Bastoni is a "rare commodity" and that he is destined to improve over time.
Would you like to see Liverpool make a move for Bastoni in the summer?