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Defender vows to fight for his place, Gerrard speaks of World Cup relief

Henderson on his position, young Liverpool winger breaks record.

Daniel Agger has vowed to fight for his place at Liverpool after starting the past few games on the bench following his recovery from a rib injury.

The Dane also said he is committed to the club after the club rejected a bid believed to be around £15m from Barcelona during the summer.

Agger said: ‘Right now I have two and a half years left on my contract, and I intend to fulfil my contract. I’m glad to be at Liverpool.’

‘For me [staying at Anfield], it’s also making the team as strong as possible because I’m hungry to win something.’

In the same report, Pepe Reina is said to have distanced himself from reports saying he is close to sealing a move to Barcelona for next summer. The goalkeeper is currently on loan to Italian side Napoli – and has said he doesn’t expect to return to Anfield.

On the international scene, Daniel Agger scored two penalties for Denmark against Malta in their 6-0 win but it wasn’t enough to get them to the World Cup, but captain Steven Gerrard scored the second goal in England’s 2-0 win over Brazil to book them a place at the finals in Brazil.

Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo about how he felt in leading a side to the World Cup finals, and that his focus turns to Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime.

‘It’s a great feeling of both joy and relief.

‘When you know the nation expects and everyone was waiting for us to qualify, the thought of having to go through the play-offs wasn’t a nice feeling. To get the win, top the group and qualify for Brazil means so much.

And on the return to club duties at the weekend, the skipper said: ‘It’s a case of starting where we left off before the international break.

‘With some of our big players coming back into the squad like Glen Johnson, Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho, plus Philippe Coutinho not far away, things are looking good.’

Academy winger Harry Wilson became the youngest player to play for Wales in last night’s 1-1 draw against Belgium, breaking the record held by Gareth Bale. He came on as an 87th minute substitute.

Finally, midfielder Jordan Henderson has said he is happy to play anywhere across the midfield having played several roles for the side this season.

He told the club’s website and TV station: ‘I enjoy it. There are different challenges. I think you’ve just got to try and know the role and the manager has helped me improve all the time in different positions and showed what he wants me to do.’

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