Daniel Agger’s Liverpool career is nearing it’s end, with reports suggesting that the Danish defender flew home from the club’s US tour after begging to leave the club.
According to The Mirror, “made his emotional request in a dressing-room exchange during their recent pre-season tour of America”.
Agger, 29, played in the first match of the tour in Boston but didn’t feature thereafter and actually flew back to England – with the official line being that he did so due to injury.
With Dejan Lovren joining the club, Agger reportedly fears he is losing the battle to win his place back in the first-team. Something that looks very unlikely.
The Mirror claim manager Brendan Rodgers was sympathetic to the player’s request, but that Agger needed to be consoled by senior players after accepting his Liverpool career is over.
Agger returned to the UK at the manager’s permission.
The Daily Mail claim Agger will be available for around £12 million.
The turnaround in fortunes for Agger is in contrast with Rodgers’ first summer at the club, when The Reds fought off interest from Manchester City to keep the Dane at the club, with Agger having ‘YNWA’ tattooed on his knuckles.
Agger signed for Liverpool eight years ago from Brondby and a match between his former and current club kicked off the pre-season preparations this summer. An agreement that Liverpool finally fulfilled, seemingly with Agger’s departure on the horizon.
Agger has made a total of 232 appearances, scoring 14 goals, during an injury plagued nine seasons at the club.
As one of the highest paid players at the club, who turns 30 later this year, Agger’s salary no longer represents his place within the squad. His departure now makes sense for both parties and seems inevitable.