We ran a poll yesterday asking Liverpool fans to vote on whether they thought the club should sell centre back Daniel Agger amid reports that Brendan Rodgers was having doubts over his role at Anfield.
“Rodgers has long since been unconvinced that Agger and Martin Skrtel can form a trustworthy partnership and with, the latter having impressed in the main this season, it is the Dane who seems most at risk,” writes Paul Joyce in the Express.
The results are back and Liverpool supporters (314 votes in total) are split right down the middle with half saying he should be axed and half saying he should be retained ahead of next season.
The theory in keeping him is understandable because he’s a top quality defender with plenty of Premier League experience.
He also loves Liverpool and has well publicised tattoos based around his loyalty and affection for the club.
Rodgers could go out and spend millions on a replacement who wouldn’t guarantee half the work ethic and commitment that Agger provides on a daily basis in training and when he is called on for big games.
However, there is a flip side and it starts with the fact that Agger is 29-years-old and about to enter the final phase of his career.
His contract expires in 2016, which means if Liverpool sold him now they would get more for him than if they sold him in 2015 or if they extended his deal and then sold him when he’s into his 30s.
The Financial Fair Play rules and Liverpool’s imminent participation in the Champions League make the financial side of things extra significant and after all, John Henry is a businessman.
It’ll be interesting to see which direction Rodgers goes in but it’s clear that a section of Liverpool’s support have literally no idea which way the scales are going to tip.
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