In the summer, Liverpool defender Daniel Agger was linked with a move to Barcelona, but that move never took place as Agger reveals in an interview with Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet, that the club refused to sell him to the Spanish giants.
“In January, I’ll have been at Liverpool for eight years,” said Agger.
“If you count how many central defenders who have gone through the system during the period, you need use more than one hand. That’s a lot, and I’m standing there still. I think that’s a reason [I’m still at the club]. I know, that is!
“For me [staying at Anfield] it’s also about making the team as strong as possible, because I’m hungry to win something. I believe winning things is possible.
“I’m interested in being part of a squad of 25 strong players, and those who the club bought in during the summer clearly help raise our level.
“[The decision on Liverpool selling me to Barcelona] was up to the club. The club would not sell me, and it was so. We can always talk about that again later.
“I do not know [if I’ll leave Liverpool]. Right now I have two and a half years left on my contract, and I intend to fulfil my contract. I’m glad I’m at Liverpool and playing well. We have a great team, and if I can win something it will be great. Liverpool is a huge club.”
One can see why Liverpool did not want to sell Agger to Barcelona, why would we want to sell one of our best players and our new vice captain? Well done to Liverpool for holding onto Agger. Although Agger is not playing currently as he struggles to make his way back into the side following injury, he is still an important part of the team.
With the arrivals of Sakho and Toure in the summer, the competition for the centre back places is stiff now at Liverpool and Agger may not find himself as a regular starter on the team sheet as he was used to in seasons gone by.
Like all the players at Liverpool Agger wants to win with the Reds. Having been with the club for 8 years it would be fitting for Agger to be rewarded with a major honour and hopefully the club is not too far off now.
Agger does however hint in his interview that there may still be a slim chance he may decide to leave Liverpool after his contract expires and who knows if Barcelona would still be interested in him by then?