There have been reports in both the Daily Mail and Daily Express that Daniel Agger could be heading for the Anfield exit door
Agger has attracted interested interest from a number of top clubs as recently as last summer with both Manchester City and Barcelona believed to be interested in the Liverpool vice-captain for a fairly sizeable fee.
Couple that in the summer with Liverpool bringing central defensive reinforcements in Mamadou Sakho and youngster Tiago Ilori – along with Kolo Toure replacing the retired Jamie Carragher – if one of the more established defenders were to leave Anfield, you’d think the summer would have been the ideal time to do business.
But Agger remained, but with fees of £15m-20m being reported to have been offered for Liverpool’s number five, the ship may have sailed in terms of getting the best fee.
Here’s why. Daniel Agger has been in and out of the side this season. This may have been due to injury, but also due to Mamadou Sakho’s form, though Agger did come in for the Frenchman when Liverpool reverted back to a defensive four.
Sakho did return to the side and looked to be in very good form before a hamstring problem in the last game of 2013 – a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea – which has meant Agger been in the side either side of his calf problem.
But, with a manager seemingly showing concern over their defender’s form and him being in and out of the side, are sides going to be prepared a similar fee as was reported? Unlikely.
Though Skrtel’s future was under the microscope in the summer, it was perhaps understandable the Liverpool boss didn’t want to make any hasty decisions in terms of selling him, but it’s hard to believe that these doubts have only just surfaced – although the experienced Jamie Carragher may have papered over some of the defensive cracks in the latter stages of last season.
Agger’s form has been a worry, and for quite some time. If he does go this summer, did Liverpool get as much as they could for Agger? Only time will tell.
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