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

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Daniel Agger is a transfer target for Manchester City Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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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.”

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