While Brendan Rodgers has been linked with countless players through recent months, one niggling rumour that has been eating up Liverpool fans is the potential departure of Daniel Agger. The Denmark international has supposedly caught the attention of Manchester City and Barcelona through the summer and following recent comments by his agent, his future has been cast into jeopardy once again.
Agger was omitted from the Reds’ victory over FC Gomel last night and while most sources thought that injury was the issue, his agent has stated that this was not the case. Speaking to Politiken, Per Steffensen said, “He is not injured in any way. Only the club and the manager can answer to why he is not in the squad. But the reports of Agger handing in a transfer request are purely nonsense. He is very happy at Liverpool. We have not heard from Liverpool with regards to a contract extension.”
While the player has recently told the press that he is more than happy to stay at Anfield, the events from last night cast serious doubt on the future of the 27-year-old. Brendan Rodgers publically declared Agger as one of the most important players in his team just a couple of weeks ago and therefore his omission appears even more bizarre.
Of course, Rodgers may have simply wanted to rest Agger ahead of a rigorous Premier League campaign, yet such actions would seem strange. It was clear that the Reds were struggling immensely during their tie with FC Gomel and some would say they were extremely fortuitous to take the victory. Considering the importance of getting off to a winning start, Rodgers will have surely wanted to have a full-strength side out and would have not simply “rested” Agger. It now remains to be seen if the defender was not included for similar reasons to Andy Carroll, who is also tipped to depart in the near future.