Klopp is ready to put the troubles of the long-term absence of veteran defender, Mamadou Sakho behind him as he is already lining up an offer for Barcelona and former Arsenal central back, Thomas Vermaelen. Spanish publication, Sport confirms that the Merseyside club have made a first formal offer for the 30-year-old in anticipation of a summer transfer move. Sakho’s failed drug test will see him miss some months ( 6 at least) of action, and Klopp identifies the Belgium international as a worthy replacement. Vermaelen is looking at leaving the La Liga giants at the end of the season and the Liverpool links might offer him that opportunity.
Despite overcoming the injury woes of his debut season at the Nou Camp, the left-sided central back has been sparsely used this season and Barcelona see him as surplus to requirements. 1 or 2 central defenders will arrive the club this summer, making playing time lesser for him, and a move away looks to be on the cards. With a handful of EPL experience, returning makes sense as he is at least guaranteed of more playing time in Klopp’s side compared to what he gets at Barca.
Kolo Toure’s and Martin Skrtel’s futures are in doubts, and that means only Dejan Lovren and the incoming Joel Matip are the primary central backs remaining. However, Vermaelen’s leadership experience as skipper of Arsenal, and his technical know-how of the EPL makes him in a better position to earn more playing time than Matip. Currently valued at £8 million, the Belgian comes at a good price for his quality, and he would surely be a great addition to the squad.