Agger just as important as Suarez for Liverpool

The Denmark international’s agent has revealed the Reds have turned down an offer from Barcelona – and rightly so, as the Merseysiders need him.

After failing in attempts to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva and Chelsea’s David Luiz, it appears that Barcelona’s next centre-back target is Liverpool’s Daniel Agger.

The player’s agent has revealed that the Catalan giants have seen a bid for the Scandinavian stopper rejected by Liverpool.

"We are aware that Barcelona have made an offer for Daniel that Liverpool have rejected," agent Per Steffensen said.

"Daniel has a contract with Liverpool for the next three years and it would be up to the clubs to agree a fee for his transfer in order for that to change."

Although Luis Suarez has dominated the news surrounding Liverpool over the last number of months, losing a player of Agger’s ability and stature would be just as detrimental as selling the Uruguayan.

With stalwart Jamie Carragher retiring, Liverpool have lost a leader at the back – a player that would put his body on the line for the team, and whose determination was infectious for the rest of the team. Starting the season without Carragher will be a strange experience for the club and its fans.

With the former England international no longer there to call upon, Agger will be a key man at the back this season for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Selling Agger, at any price, would be a major mistake by Liverpool and leave the club in dire straits at the back. There is continued uncertainty over Martin Skrtel’s future, with a reunion with Rafa Benitez on the cards at Napoli, while Sebastian Coates has not done enough to convince the Kop that he could be Carragher’s long-term replacement.

Kolo Toure has been added on a free transfer from Manchester City, but the Ivory Coast international is ageing and will need time to settle into a new club and become accustomed to playing with new team-mates.

This all means that Agger will need to assume the role of leader in the Liverpool defence, no easy task given the player that he is replacing.

It is unlikely that the Reds would consider selling Agger, especially with the Premier League season starting this weekend. The comments of the defender’s agent suggest that a transfer will only be on the cards should the clubs agree a fee. However the touted £15 million fee that the Camp Nou club have offered is nowhere near fitting the importance that Agger has at Anfield.

Rodgers and the club must show the same defiance that they have displayed in the wake of Luis Suarez’s comments in the case of Agger, and not buckle in their commitment to keeping the defender at the club.

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