Liverpool vice-captain Daniel Agger looks likely to leave the club this summer, according to numerous reports on Tuesday.
Signed from Brondby for £6m in 2006, Agger is one of the longest serving players in the current squad – only Steven Gerrard has been at the club longer.
Agger is also one of the club’s highest earning players and 12 starts this season does not represent value for money for the club’s owners – especially having signed Agger’s long-term replacement, Mamadou Sakho, last summer.
Dominic King in The Daily Mail writes that Agger is “facing a fight for his Liverpool future after being hauled off during his side’s 4-3 win over Swansea”.
Agger was replaced by Kolo Toure – despite Toure’s difficulties in defence recently – with half an hour remaining, having been physically dominated by Wilfried Bony.
Paul Joyce reports similarly in The Express, and Tony Barrett too in The Times.
Joyce writes that Brendan Rodgers late confirmed “he did not think the Denmark captain was up to coping with the physical presence of Wilfried Bony in the visitor’s attack.”
Sakho is due to return to action “within the next week to 10 days” after returning to training. This weekend’s trip to Southampton may be too soon for the French defender.