Liverpool boss on Anfield favourite’s future: He's a key squad member

Brendan Rodgers has illustrated that he sees Daniel Agger as a key member of his Liverpool side.

Few Liverpool players have suffered as many rumours about whether they'll be at Anfield in the future or not than long serving defender Agger.

It has taken Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to come out and emphasise what he feels the defender continues to offer the Reds, with Agger skippering Liverpool in their loss to former club Brondby this week.

“Daniel is one of a number of excellent players that we have playing at the back,” said the Northern Irishman.

“He has been unfortunate in the time that I've been at the club because the big issue for Dan has been his availability. He has been out injured for a number of games.

“But he's an excellent player, an international captain, and he's had a very good career at Liverpool."

The 29-year-old has been linked with former manager Rafa Benitez at Napoli, linked to Manchester City and also regularly mentioned as a possible defensive target for Barcelona over the last couple of years.

Yet despite each passing transfer window seeing him remain on Merseyside, the rumours begin anew once the next window comes around.

The Dane wasn't an undisputed starter for the Reds last year, with Martin Skrtel impressing in the heart of the Liverpool defence alongside a series of partners. Agger suffered several little injury niggles that restricted him to just 23 matches in all competitions.

His indifferent season last year hasn't dampened his manager's faith in him though, and Rodgers continues to see the centre back as an integral player, very much in his prime.

"He's at a good age, 29, and his experience can be good for us this season. He signed a new contract last season.

"You saw in the first half (against Brondby) that he's an excellent player, a very good footballer and someone that is an important member of our squad."

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