It’s not something any of us expected, but Daniel Agger has reportedly approached Brandan Rogers requesting that he be sold in this summer’s transfer window.
Last season for Agger was not exactly his most memorable, but a shock transfer request was the last thing most of us expected. If anything, it was likely on the cards for Rogers to offload the Danish centre back through his own making, but how the twists and turns of what has been one of Liverpool’s busiest transfer window for a number of years.
29-year-old and £12 million rated Agger could be set for a quick exit as Barcelona are rumoured to be knocking at his door, and if Rogers gives the Dane the go ahead, it is likely one of our most respected centre back’s, since he joined in the 2006 – 27 season, will be joining Luis Suraez in Spain’s La Liga.
What will we miss from Agger?
For a start, one bad season isn’t enough to call for the players head. Agger has long been a pivotal force in our defence, and he was great when Xavi Alonso left. Losing Alonso was always going to shorten Liverpool’s passing range, but Agger’s passing from defence has also been as effective. When we lost that Alonso touch, Agger could still spread the ball accurately even though the passing may not have been as crisp or as sweet as Alonso’s passing talents.
Secondly, Agger is also another option as Liverpool add the Champion’s League to their already busy rosta that includes 3 domestic trophies to vie for. Even with the threat to his first team place due to the arrival of Dejan Lovren from Southampton, Agger is still guaranteed to get plenty of games. Without him, we are losing depth in the squad that Roger’s is trying to build up.
Competition in defence lined up for Agger at Barca
If the excuse is lack of first team football for Agger, then that doesn’t entirely make sense. The Barca defence already has star names involved such as Adriano, Dani Alves, Martín Montoya, Gerard Piqué, Jérémy Mathieu, Marc Bartra and Jordi Alba.
Maybe Brendan Rogers can persuade the Dane to stay at the club, but with Agger’s heart now clearly set on a move to Spain, it may be time to cash in before he hits 30 and search for a younger replacement.