With the retirement of Jamie Carragher, there has been a significant void left at Liverpool with the club needing a vice-captain and a need to strengthen at centre half.
Liverpool have addressed the experience side of things in defence with the acquisition of Kolo Toure from Manchester City, with his likely centre-back partner for the new season in Daniel Agger the new vice-captain.
Agger may not be seen as vocal as his predecessor in the role, though to say the Dane is a quiet is doing him a disservice, as anyone who has watched Agger closely will see that he does do a lot of talking and tries to be an organiser at the back for Liverpool, though more of that will be expected from now on.
Now, linked with Barcelona, Liverpool need to keep hold of their Danish centre-back following a bid from the Nou Camp.
Agger has been renowned for being comfortable on the ball during his time at Anfield, and having a wicked left foot within 30 yards of goal. In many cases he can be the man that starts the attack by carrying the ball high up the field – perhaps the main reason that Barcelona have expressed their interest.
At times he, along with others in the Liverpool team, have looked frail on the back foot, though there is no doubt that the defensive attributes are there to make him a fine centre-half and attract the attention of Barcelona.
It’s not just for his attributes that Agger must stay at Anfield from the club’s point of view but the situation Liverpool have a centre half in general. Having lost Carragher and recruited Toure, that has addressed the problem of experience – but with question marks over the form of Martin Skrtel, along with speculation linking with a move away, notably a reunion with Rafa Benitez at Napoli, Liverpool would risk being short of experience in that position.
Other players who play at centre-half include Andre Wisdom, who seems to have moved ahead of Sebastian Coates in the pecking order.
The youngster impressed at right-back last season and is a big physical presence at the back, though he is still very young with a couple of frailties exposed against Celtic in Dublin, while Coates lacks consistency in his performances and come across as a bit clumsy – perhaps down to a lack of games.
Martin Kelly who came through the youth ranks as a centre-half seems to have established himself as cover for Glen Johnson.
Thankfully for Liverpool, Agger doesn’t seem to be looking for a move away, and it looks as if he will play a pivotal part in this campaign.
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