With the defensive trio of Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure keeping Reds vice-captain Daniel Agger out of the Liverpool backline, speculation has been rife that the Danish defender will be looking to make a January exit from Anfield as he goes in search of regular first team football. Earlier today, Agger clarified his intentions on Twitter and left little room for anyone to twist his words.
“Please stop all the tweets about me leaving! I’m not going anywhere! Will be back in the team soon 🙂 Y.N.W.A” tweeted the 28-year old. How’s that for a direct, to the point quote that’s not taken out of context? Earlier this morning a number of websites were shopping excerpts from an interview Agger did with a local Danish media outlet where the center-half says that “if I don’t play football, then I don’t want to be here anymore” – but that’s hardly the whole story.
After the defender confirmed an approach from Barcelona in August, and the club admitted that they rejected a concrete bid of £14.6mil for his services, rumors have been consistently swirling around the players future and this recent interview has done nothing to quiet them despite his repeated insistence that he’s happy to fight for his place at Anfield. The interview – which has been painstakingly translated in full by Twitter user @applessquabble – gives context and background to the floating, sensationalized quotes appearing in various news sources.
The News Desk isn’t calling the kettle black – we’ve inadvertently had our fair share of stinkers – but we have to say that it’s nice having a footballer come out and clear things up for once instead of letting a bad rumour fester uncontrollably. If you needed a new reason to love Daniel Agger and hope for a speedy return to the squad, you have it right here.