Arsenal to offer Agger a way out of Liverpool

Daniel Agger has admitted he would consider leaving Liverpool in January if he cannot force his way back into the first XI of manager Brendan Rodgers, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with the Reds’ Premier League rivals Arsenal ready to move for the Denmark international.

Agger has fallen out of favour in October, playing barely more than 20 minutes football for Liverpool as Rodgers prefers a three-man defence containing Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho.

The 28-year-old Agger was named Liverpool’s vice-captain over the summer and an offer of just under £15m from Barcelona was rejected out of hand, but Agger said he would re-evaluate his situation in January if he has not returned to the first team by that point.

If I don’t play, and if the manager doesn’t think I am good enough, that could make me leave Liverpool,” he said. Agger added: “I’m here to play football, nothing else. So if I don’t play football, then I don’t want to be here anymore.

Agger has been a Liverpool player since 2006 but Rodgers pointed to the example of Skrtel, who had appeared set to leave Anfield, as evidence of his policy of sticking with players who are in good form. “If you are playing well you’ll play,” Rodgers said.

If you’re not you’ll be in and out of the team. I’ve got an international captain [Agger] sitting on the bench but that’s because I like to think I’m fair and if people are playing well they play. Martin has been outstanding,” the manager continued.

Agger has made more than 200 appearances for Liverpool in his time on Merseyside, scoring 12 goals. The centre-back also has 60 international caps but could not help Denmark qualify for the 2014 World Cup, the Scandinavians also missing out on the play-offs.

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