According to the The Independent today:
"Thomas Vermaelen could be offered the chance to join Liverpool.
"Rodgers will move for Vermaelen in the hope that he can fend off Man Utd and Barcelona".
Can Liverpool's squad support yet another central defender?
Even if Daniel Agger leaves (which seems likely), there will still be too many senior centre-halves in the squad (just like last year):
Add in Coates, and Ilori, and the competition is clearly unhealthy, irrespective of the increased number of games on offer next season.
28-year old Vermaelen in Arsenal's captain, and I doubt he'll want to move to Anfield to sit on the bench all season, so if this link is genuine, there are several eventualities:
* Rodgers sees 'special' Vermaelen as his first-choice partner for Lovren, which means Skrtel and Sakho will become squad players.
* Rodgers is planning to sell at least two of the club's centre-halves: Agger, plus...Skrtel?
* Vermaelen is seen as a replacement for Kolo Toure, who is linked with a move to the Turkish league.
* Rodgers has little confidence in Sakho, who cost the club £18m last summer.
Lovren, Skrtel, Sakho, and Toure should (in theory) be enough, but Rodgers clearly isn't satisfied with the options he has available. Realistically, if the manager has confidence in Sakho, why sign Vermaelen?
Even if Rodgers wants to sign another central defender, Vermaelen is not the answer; with TWELVE injuries in seven years, he's almost as injury prone as Agger, and where's the logic in literally replacing one sick-note with another?
116 games missed through injury in the last seven seasons (!)
This particular transfer link can't be credible as Rodgers is surely incapable of being this short-sighted...
You never know, though - previous LFC managers have signed injury prone players, and if Liverpool sign Vermaelen, it will (IMO) be yet another act of gross transfer negligence.
Author: Jaimie K