Liverpool FC manager explains Daniel Agger absence
Daniel Agger was a notable absentee from the Liverpool squad that travelled to Belarus this week, with the Reds beating FC Gomel 1-0 to take a step closer to the next stage of the Europa League.
August 3rd, 2012
Stewart Downing scored the only goal of the game, although supporters were left wondering if Agger’s absence was down to the fact that the Danish defender has been linked with a move to Manchester City this summer, with the Premier League champions having lodged a bid of £13 million.
Agger’s agent Per Steffensen claimed that his client was not injured in any way although Brendan Rodgers was at pains to point out that the defender’s stint at Euro 2012 means he is doing recovery work ahead of the new season.
“The plan was always for Daniel to stay behind.
“Everyone knows his history of injuries. He came back to pre-season training after everyone else and is still not up to speed.
“He is fit but I have to make sure he is up to speed before he plays, because everyone knows his history with injuries.”
Agger will compete with Martin Skrtel and Jamie Carragher for a place in Liverpool’s starting line-up next season, with the Dane having previously bemoaned a lack of first-team opportunities at Anfield.