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Swansea's Michel Vorm is surprised that he is linked with a move to reunite him with his former manager.

Mark Runnacles

Liverpool have been strongly linked with Alberto Moreno and have put in a bid for Adam Lallana. However, Liverpool hadn't yet been linked with player Brendan Rodgers used to manage—until now. Enter Michel Vorm and that pesky, troublesome backup goalkeeper position.

Liverpool have managed to replace Pepe Reina (somewhat successfully) with Simon Mignolet, but the Belgian number two needs competition in the position to ensure that complacency does not creep into his game. Brad Jones will always have the goodwill of Liverpool supporters but does not possess the necessary goalkeeping quality to provide a genuine alternative so a superior option is required. Ideally, the new goalkeeper will be more experienced than Mignolet and be able to offer advice as well as competition.

Michel Vorm's form may have dipped this season but he has been part of the Netherlands squad for World Cup 2010, Euro 2012, and is in Louis van Gaal's provisional squad for World Cup 2014. Brendan Rodgers brought the keeper to Swansea from FC Utrecht in 2011 for £1.5 million in what was hailed as a bargain deal and was strongly linked last year with doubts over Pepe Reina's future. And now, Vorm has been linked with a £5 million reunion with Rodgers—though it appears to surprise the man in question.

"It appeared last week in the British media," the 30 year-old Swansea keeper told De Telegraaf. "For me it was a surprise I must be honest. I personally haven't heard anything."

It looks likely that Liverpool will add another keeper to the squad and there are many options worse than Vorm. He possesses excellent distribution, holds 14 caps for his country, knows the Premier League with 89 appearances, and understands exactly how Rodgers works. His past two seasons haven't matched the quality of his debut campaign and he's made no more than 26 league appearances in each of his last two Premier League campaigns.

The challenge of playing for Liverpool and pushing for a first-team place may revitalise a keeper that has played in a struggling side. The mooted fee is less than it would have been last summer and his value is probably at its lowest point since the end of his first season. There's no doubt this would be an upgrade over Brad Jones but would Michel Vorm represent the right kind of upgrade?