L’Equipe has suggested that Monaco are going after Liverpool centre back Daniel Agger as they continue to spend like crazy having just been promoted to the top flight of French football.
That is something Liverpool cannot allow to happen and they should seriously consider sacrificing Martin Skrtel, just to ensure that Agger remains at Anfield for the foreseeable future.
There are two ways Liverpool can go about doing just that; sell Skrtel or offer him to Monaco instead.
If they sell him, that means there will be greater pressure on Agger to stay at the club because he will be one of the highest profile defenders in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
They could choose to offer Skrtel to Monaco instead because he’s made it clear he wouldn’t reject a move away from the club.
Arsenal have reportedly been trying to sound out Liverpool over a £12 million deal while the possibility for him to return to Zenit St Petersburg remains a very realistic option.
The reason Skrtel was dropped earlier in the season was due to poor form and a slight dip in fitness, which have not been problems for Agger in recent times.
He accused Brendan Rodgers of not telling the truth and that’s an accusation he has had to live with ever since as his position at the club seems to have become untenable.
Looking at the direction Rodgers seems to be taking the team in, it makes much more sense to try and retain Agger.
Agger is a better footballer and uses the ball far more effectively than Skrtel when it comes to playing out from the back.
Skrtel is a much more bullish centre back and a player who contradicts the way Liverpool like to play when they are at their fluent best.
The possibility of losing Agger is becoming more and more of a reality and if they are to keep him, they may have to fend off some big offers from Monaco in the process.
Should Monaco start dangling lucrative carrots in front of them then Liverpool’s board may overrule Rodgers, leaving the club with no choice to sell.
However, the point is if it’s a football decision rather than a statement of intent by Monaco, they should consider Skrtel because while he’s less suited to Liverpool, he remains a very good defender.
Ask any Liverpool fan on the street who they would rather see stay and go and the majority will more than like pick Agger over the Slovakian.
Who would you rather stayed at the club?
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