Agger has been in and out of the Liverpool side so far this season, as he has competed with summer signing Mamadou Sakho for a place on the left side of central defence.
Sakho’s form seems to be improving with every game, and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told the Liverpool website that he is a big fan of the aggression the French centre-half has brought to the side.
Rodgers said: ‘We’ve got a host of quality defenders here, but through injuries, he’s been able to come into the team and has settled in very, very well.
'I like his aggression; he first and foremost wants to defend and is aggressive in his marking. He defends the crosses well and he can also play'.
Rodgers' praise for Sakho underlines the qualities that Agger unfortunately doesn’t have - the Dane doesn’t come across as aggressive in his play, and that lack of aggression and power at the heart of Liverpool’s defence resulted in the side getting bullied on more than one occasion last season.
In an era where powerful players can make the difference between success and failure, Sakho is the type of defender that Liverpool will need under Rodgers – leaving Agger out in the cold.
Agger has already attracted interest from Barcelona, and with former boss Rafa Benitez calling for the services of Liverpool’s No 5 at Napoli, Agger may himself be thinking of a move away from Anfield in order to get regular first-team football.
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