Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: I can’t see us losing Daniel Agger
Daniel Agger is unlikely to leave Liverpool this summer despite interest from Manchester City, says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers insists he does not expect to see Daniel Agger leave Liverpool this summer amid reported interest from Manchester City.
The 27-year-old centre-half has been linked with a move to Eastlands over the last few weeks, with Roberto Mancini’s side reported to have had a bid rejected in July.
Agger recently claimed that he would only leave Merseyside to join Barcelona – but Rodgers says the Denmark international is unlikely to secure a transfer away from Anfield at all.
“I can’t see anything at this stage, to be honest,” Rodgers said. “Agger is not a player that I want to lose and I never thought I was going to lose him.
“Like every player in the group, if someone comes in with a big, big offer then that might be out of my hands in relation to the club and where it is at with finances, but I wouldn’t see us losing Daniel.”
Rodgers, whose side take on Hearts in the first leg of their Europa League play-off on Thursday night, said he will use the game to give some of the Reds’ youngsters a run-out.
“It’s a chance for me to see the young players,” added Rodgers, whose side were beaten 3-0 at West Bromwich in their Premier League opener on Saturday.
“Raheem Sterling has come in and showed up very, very well over the course of pre-season. Jack [Robinson] has obviously been limited with the game time he’s been able to get, but this is a chance.
“We want to do well, but this competition is also a great opportunity for me to see the young players, mixed in with some of the experienced players.
“It’s a young group but I’ve got some strong, experienced players, international captains, Champions League winners – it’s still a strong enough team.
He added: “We’ve got a very small squad so I’ve got to try and protect some of the players.”