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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Inexplicably Linked to Thomas Vermaelen

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Though the transfer fits the SIGN ALL THE BELGIANS initiative, Vermaelen-to-Liverpool makes little sense otherwise.

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Liverpool seem fairly set at centre back for the coming season, with Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho locked in as Jürgen Klopp's main men in the middle. Joe Gomez is one for the future and though at least one of Martin Skrtel or Kolo Toure are likely to move on, Liverpool likely have enough coverage at the back for the number of matches they'll play next year.

But it seems as though this isn't enough for some people, and so links to Barcelona defender and former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen popped up again on Wednesday. The source traces back to Mundo Deportivo, whose most recent Vermaelen-to-Liverpool story is from February and whose most recent Vermaelen story in general has the player saying he's not looking for a move back to the Premier League.

Vermaelen has had a rough go of it since moving to Barcelona two years ago. He missed most of his first season through injury, and though he had two separate one-month spells on the sidelines last year, he frequently remained on the bench even when fit. Vermaelen turns 31 in November, and despite protestations that he's not thinking of leaving Barcelona at the moment, it's hard to believe he's happy with his current situation.

Vermaelen's possible dissatisfaction certainly doesn't constitute an automatic interest on Liverpool's part. Frankly, if they were interested in an oft-injured centre back on the wrong side of thirty, Daniel Agger is currently available on a free transfer.