Two years ago it’d be hard to picture a Liverpool backline without the assured presence of Daniel Agger in it, but we didn’t see all that much of the Great Dane last season with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers preferring to pair a resurgent Martin Skrtel with new-boy Mamadou Sakho.
Despite being named vice-captain following the retirement of club legend Jamie Carragher, the 29-year old made only fourteen league starts for Liverpool last season as the Anfield outfit marched to a second placed finish. Although Kopites everywhere have become accustomed to continually hearing his name linked with a move away from Merseyside, it’s starting to look like this summer could be the one where our classiest center half in years finally bows out.
When asked if he’ll still be at Liverpool when the transfer window closes, Agger struck an uncertain tone. “I don’t know. That’s up to the manager. I can’t go and put myself on the team sheet” he told the assembled Danish media. “It definitely wasn’t great to be left out, but I don’t make the decisions.” Although Liverpool struggled defensively last season, Rodgers rarely looked to the experienced 29-year old for solutions and often opted for the much younger — and quite often less composed — Sakho to take up the slot beside Skrtel.
Despite continually pledging his allegiance to Liverpool, rumours persist that the Danish defender will be angling for a move this summer with Rafa Benitez’s Napoli side a likely destination. Still, he’s remaining tight lipped on any plans for the summer, instead choosing to focus on Denmark’s upcoming international fixtures and the length vacation that awaits him afterwards. “I’m not thinking about my future,” he insisted. “Now my focus is on the next international games with Denmark. Then I’m looking forward to a long five-week holiday. My body and mind need to relax.”
Put your feet up Danny and leave the hard work to the agent…