Agger drops massive exit hint – could he leave Liverpool?

Daniel Agger

The Denmark international has admitted that he could leave Anfield if he is not afforded regular first-team football.

A measure of Liverpool’s progression under Brendan Rodgers can be seen with the club’s attitude towards Daniel Agger.

The accomplished Denmark international defender was a mainstay in the Reds teams of past seasons, with the Merseysiders over-relying on his abilities at centre-half.

However, after picking up an injury, Agger has now struggled to get back into the Liverpool starting XI, with the likes of Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure keeping the Scandinavian out of the team.

Rumblings over the player’s future have been doing the rounds in the press, and Agger has given his biggest hint yet that a move elsewhere could well be on the cards.

When asked what it would take for him to leave Liverpool, the Dane said he needed to be playing regularly.

“If I don’t play. If the manager doesn’t think I’m good enough, that could make me leave Liverpool,” Agger admitted.

“I’m here to play football, nothing else. So if I don’t play football then I don’t want to be here any more.”

The comments hint at frustration, and rightly so – no player wants to sit on the bench.

Agger’s stock has dropped considerably over the last 12 months as a result of additional options for Rodgers at the heart of his backline.

Once a reported target for both Barcelona and Manchester City, Liverpool are thought to have turned down significant offers for the experienced defender to keep him at Anfield.

Should Agger state his ambition to leave the club or Rodgers be willing to let him go, there will be no shortage of suitors. But where does the defender’s future lie?

Despite Sakho adapting to the English game quickly and Toure’s rejuvenation since moving to the club, Agger still has an important role to play in the side.

Recently signing a new contract to lock him in on Merseyside until 2016, Agger’s experience and considerable abilities make him a key man for a side looking to get back in the top four.

Although Agger has had to watch on from the bench of late, it will not be long before he gets his chance back in the starting XI.

With Rodgers experimenting with a 3-5-2 system, Agger is first in line to deputise should one of the current incumbents become unavailable.

The truth is that although Liverpool have better options at centre-half now than they did a year ago, they still need Agger.

Tiago Ilori has been signed but is still too raw to feature, while Sebastian Coates has had significant injury concerns.

That really leaves four centre-halves playing for three positions, and as such the Reds cannot afford to let the Dane leave.

Agger will obviously be frustrated at not playing of late, especially given his importance to the team in recent seasons, but it will not be long before the talented defender is back in the mix.

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