Daniel Agger seems to have caused yet more uncertainty surrounding his future following some quotes reported in the Danish press.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has cast yet more uncertainty regarding his future after some quotes appeared in the Danish press.
Agger seems keen on regular first-team football despite facing tough competition from Frenchman Mamadou Sakho for his place in the side.
The Dane said: “It is no secret that I had problems last season and I am considering things.
“How things turned out last season is not acceptable for me.
“I am here now and it is up to me to show the coach that I should play.
“Many things can happen in football and I do not want to exclude anything.”
One of things that has blighted Agger's career at Anfield to a degree has been his injury problems, and he picked up a couple of injuries last season, although they didn't keep him out of the team for such a lengthy period.
Agger made 20 league appearances last season. Kolo Toure made the same amount of appearances whilst Mamadou Sakho made 18. Martin Skrtel made 36 appearances in the league having impressed Brendan Rodgers throughout the campaign.
Skrtel's campaign was injury free and took his opportunity earlier on in the season, Agger and Sakho didn't have that luxury.
He first ended up out of the side following an injury in the gym which allowed Mamadou Sakho a spell in the side. Agger didn't start a league game until November after that when Liverpool reverted to a back four after experimenting with a back three.
Agger got back into the side briefly and then had a rib injury before another spell in the side, then he picked up a calf problem.
He then had a run in the side between February and March before he then picked up a foot injury. But on every occasion he suffered injury and Sakho replaced him, the Frenchman usually impressed, in particular when he came in for Agger against West Ham United. Liverpool were still winning games and it was becoming harder and harder for him to be dropped.
He did make fewer appearances during the last campaign than in the two previous season in the Premier League - 27 in 2011/12, and 35 in 2012/13. So, it is of little wonder that he thinks the game time he is getting is not acceptable.
But during those seasons, there was never really that competition for his place in the form of a left-footed centre half who is comfortable on the ball, and offered an alternative.
Centre-backs do tend to need regular games to get themselves into some sort of good form, and the lack of games Liverpool had in general last season may have been a contributing factor last season, so he could get his chance this term - depending on how Dejan Lovren is used by Rodgers as his signing seems to be imminent.
Some have said that Agger hasn't been as strong in the air and there are times when his defending hasn't been up to scratch, and now there is some real competition for his place in the side he has found things a little more difficult.
All the Dane can do is work on the things that have sometimes let him down, including his decision making. But these quotes are unlikely to have pleased his manager.