New signing Luis Alberto has been praising his team-mate this week - unfortunate timing I am afraid.
Liverpool have pulled off an excellent coup this summer - by snapping up Luis Alberto from Sevilla for a fee just shy of £7 million.
The talented attacker had an exceptional campaign out on loan last year - topping the assists charts in the Segunda Liga, and also bagging 11 goals in his 38 appearances.
His stint on loan was also with a team that would have him playing the type of football that Brendan Rodgers will hope to see at Anfield - Barcelona B.
With that in mind the young Spanish Under-21 international would surely have a pretty good idea of what it takes to be a Barcelona player.
And there is someone in the Liverpool ranks who, he feels, fits the Catalan mould like a glove.
Unfortunately, it is a player being strongly linked with a move to Barca this summer.
“Agger quite surprised me. He has good passing out from the back. He has the Barca profile - technically he could fit in.’’
Now we are sure that Luis Alberto only meant this as genuine praise - it is just unfortunate he said it at a time when the Spanish champions are being strongly linked with his signature.
And he did clarify that he thinks Agger will stay at Anfield:
“Agger looks calm though. I think he will stay at Liverpool. He didn't comment on the rumours in the dressing room."
It was reported this week that new Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino sees the addition of a new centre-back as his top priority this campaign - with Agger reportedly his number one target.
It is a worry for Liverpool, as the general rule is that when Barca come knocking - most players answer the door with a smile.
Liverpool however will want Agger to become the new central pillar of their defence, now that Jamie Carragher has retired from professional football - something the apparent interest of Barcelona threatens to challenge.
So while Alberto’s comments may have been an innocently misappropriated way of praising his new team-mate - he might end up being right.
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