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How Liverpool Supporters Will Be In For a Surprise If They Sign Michel Vorm From Swansea

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Goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański joined Swansea City from Arsenal on a free transfer today. The Polish goalkeeper will add depth to a department of Swansea City that is already brimming with talent. Swansea manager Garry Monk shared his thoughts regarding the move:

“I hope we can help [Fabianski] progress as a player and in his career because at 29 he has got to the age where he wants a new challenge. Michel Vorm and Gerhard Tremmel will provide him with plenty of competition, but that’s exactly what I want.”

While the Swansea boss will be confident that the trio of goalkeepers will increase the competition for the number one shirt, the signing of Fabianski could hint that Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm may be on his way to Liverpool or another top club this summer, especially since Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is an admirer of his talent. Plus, with Vorm battling to get the starting spot on the Netherlands World Cup team, there’s a good chance his value may increase over the summer.

But while Vorm has the attributes of a decent goalkeeper, his performances over the course of the 2013/14 Premier League season were a disappointment compared to how well he did in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons for the Swans. Vorm was out of action for parts of the 2013/14 season, but the Vorm of today is not the same goalkeeper who won so many plaudits during the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons. Those two seasons were filled with memories of Vorm making spectacular saves and being a difference maker for the Swans. During the 2013/14 season, he was average. There were several times where his positioning was called into question, but he was no longer that player that would keep Swansea in games.

Vorm’s performances over the course of the 2013/14 season were so average that Gerhard Tremmel was the better goalkeeper of the two and more solid in the back for the Swans. While not perfect either, Tremmel was a rock for the Swans in several matches where Swansea came under attack against opponents who were firing shots at the goal.

Overall, Tremmel exuded more confidence between the posts for the Swans than Vorm did last season.

Vorm has the capability to turn back time and put in performances like he did when he first began playing in the Premier League. But for Liverpool Football Club and its supporters, it should be a case of buyer beware if the side is seriously interested in signing Vorm for Swansea City.

For Swansea supporters, if Vorm does leave, Fabianski should provide excellent competition for Tremmel so the two of them can battle it out for the starting spot, which will give Swansea the confidence in knowing they have capable hands in the back next season and beyond.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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4 Responses to How Liverpool Supporters Will Be In For a Surprise If They Sign Michel Vorm From Swansea

  1. Flyvanescence says:

    Enjoy Flappy-Hands-ki Chris. Its been a pleasure watching him play for Arsenal occasionally the last several years.

  2. Brian says:

    I agree that Vorm has been poor this past season and that Liverpool will be taking a chance on him. He was pretty good for Swansea when Brendan was there so maybe Brendan can get the best out of him and a change of scenery might help. If he did move to Liverpool he would not be an improvement on Mignolet but maybe the competition between them will bring the best out of both keepers. That is the hope, anyway, for Liverpool.

    • yespage says:

      Liverpool could use a top backup for the extra competitions. Liverpool will need to try and win something next year.

      • Martin J. says:

        I think given Vorm’s erratic form it’s debatable that he is a top backup keeper. Liverpool could do better. I’m also not convinced that Mignolet is a top keeper and for Liverpool to win anything next season they have to bring in a top keeper, one who is commanding in his area and also one who can talk to his defenders. Mignolet does neither.

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