Is Daniel Agger’s place in the Liverpool team under threat?

The Merseyside club have signed a number of new central defenders of late, with the Dane needing to fight for a starting berth in Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Daniel Agger has been a mainstay in the Liverpool team when fit and available since signing for the Merseysiders back in 2006.

However, with Brendan Rodgers determined to give his squad more strength in depth, a number of new players have been brought to Anfield in a push for top-four football.

The Denmark international is recovering from recent injuries, and has watched on from the bench of late as he looks to regain his match fitness.

However, unlike days gone, Agger is not assured of walking straight back into the Liverpool side once he is back to his best.

Mamadou Sakho has been brought to the club at great expense from Paris Saint-Germain, and the France international instantly has adapted to his new environment. The left-footed centre-half has all the physical attributes to be a star, and given the considerable transfer fee that the Reds have shelled out on him, is likely to play more often than not.

Kolo Toure’s free transfer acquisition over the summer has looked like an inspired piece of business, with the Ivory Coast international relishing the chance to play consistently once more. With Martin Skrtel still in contention, Sebastian Coates still on the books and Tiago Ilori being deemed as a star of the near future, the Reds have better options at centre-half now than at any other time in the recent memory.

Agger was linked with a switch to Barcelona over the summer, but the Scandinavian has admitted that he is happy at Liverpool and ready to fight for a place in the starting line-up once more.

The (Barcelona) move was up to the club,” Agger told the Liverpool Echo.

“The club would not sell me. I do not know (if I will play at another club).

“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.”

With the Merseysiders seemingly switching to a back three, Agger has an extra place to contest and is as able as any of the other players in his position in the squad. On his day, Agger’s assurance, poise on the ball and communication skills are a key attribute of Liverpool’s defence.

It is likely that Agger will play more games than he will miss this term, and his future seems to be at the Anfield club, despite rumours stating otherwise. The good thing for Liverpool is that they are no longer overly reliant on the Dane, and have a good string of options to pick from at centre-half.

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