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Brendan Rodgers talks about “refreshing loyalty” as Agger stays

Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his high regard for defender Daniel Agger and the Danish international’s loyalty to Liverpool, amid speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 3, 2013: Liverpool's Daniel Agger in action against Olympiakos CFP during a preseason friendly match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Agger has been rumoured to be on the Catalan giants’ radar for some time, with the Spanish champions hoping to improve their defence ahead of the forthcoming La Liga season.

Speaking in a press conference in Norway ahead of Liverpool’s friendly with Valerenga tonight (Wednesday), Rodgers was questioned about Agger’s future.

“This is all about loyalty,” Sky Sports report Rodgers as saying.

“He’s obviously a world-class defender. Daniel is very committed to Liverpool; he’s one of the players that have really impressed me.

“He gave me his word that for as long as I wanted him to be at Liverpool, he would be at Liverpool. He has never swayed from that.”

“If we’re talking about loyalty, he was one of the first players that I spoke to when I became the manager. At the time, there were a number of big clubs looking to sign Daniel.

“But he gave me his word that for as long as I wanted him to be at Liverpool, he would be at Liverpool. He has never swayed from that.

“He has an unswerving commitment to Liverpool which is so refreshing. His loyalty to the club is incredible.”

The 28-year-old signed a new contract at Anfield last summer, putting pen to paper on a new long term deal and declaring, “This is where I want to be and I’m happy the club want me.”

Rodgers continued, “I would suspect when he signed his new contract last year, he was hoping that this would be the contract that’s going to allow him to see out the best part of his career at Liverpool.”

The “refreshing loyalty” Rodgers speaks of is in complete contrast to forward Luis Suarez, who last night told two British newspapers his intentions to force an exit from Liverpool through.

Agger, however, will miss tonight’s game at Valerena as he recovers from a slight knock back on Merseyside. Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge and Suarez also all did not travel.

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