Vice-captain Daniel Agger has dropped his biggest hint yet that he may be prepared to leave Liverpool.
Agger was asked by a Danish TV station what it would take for him to leave Liverpool, to which he replied: ‘First of all, if I don’t play.
‘If the manager doesn’t think I’m good enough that could make me leave Liverpool. 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.’
Brendan Rodgers has explained his reasons behind leaving the Dane on the bench, whilst hailing the form of one of his other centre-halves in Martin Skrtel.
Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I’ve always tried to show my fairness with players.
‘People say ‘do you not like him?’ but I always said that, no, it is about performance levels. If you’re playing well you will play. If not, you might be in and out of the team.
‘I’ve got an international captain, this club’s vice-captain, sitting on the bench, but that’s because I like to think I’m fair. If people are playing well, they play.
‘That [Agger on the bench] sums up how well Martin is playing. He’s been outstanding.’
Midfielder Jordan Henderson says he isn’t bothered about the criticism from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson – after it was revealed Ferguson criticised Henderson’s running style in his autobiography, saying it would cause the 23-year-old problems in his later career.
Henderson said: ‘I have just tried to focus on my game and not really thought about it.
‘I have a lot of respect for him, he’s an unbelievable figure in football, but hopefully he isn’t right and I won’t have too many problems later in my career.’
Liverpool are ready to rival Tottenham for the signature of Basel winger Mohamed Salah according to reports in the Daily Mail. The Swiss side are said to want £15m for the winger, whilst the Mail is also reporting – like a lot of papers – that Liverpool are keen on signing Will Hughes from Derby County.
Finally, striker Luis Suarez is amongst the list of nominees for the Ballon D’or award. Suarez scored thirty goals last season for Liverpool and has hit the ground running this season ever since returning from a ten match ban for biting.
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