Agger admits Liverpool frustration but insists he wants Anfield stay

Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger has admitted he was unhappy to be left on the bench in past weeks, the Guardian has reported, but insists he never thought of leaving the Premier League club.

Agger was benched for five games by manager Brendan Rodgers until he was recalled to the side for the game against Fulham on Saturday. The Denmark international responded with what the Guardian describes as an “authoritative display” as the Reds ran out 4-0 winners. It was the team’s first clean sheet in nine games.

Injury had also played a part in keeping Agger out the team but by the time he recovered from a tear to his abdominal muscle, Rodgers had settled on a three-man defence of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho. But following the defeat to Arsenal, Rodgers returned to a back four with Agger a member.

It’s been difficult,” Agger confirmed. “It’s hard to describe and I want to play every time in every single game, so when you’re not playing it’s difficult.

I feel I’m more than capable of being in the team, but it’s the manager’s decision,” he continued. “There has always been competition for places at this club and it should always be intense. That’s a good thing because we want to win something.

I know I’m here and as long as I’m doing everything to be in that team and I feel I’m good enough and the manager can use me, then I’ll be here,” he added, stressing that rumours of a move to Barcelona or Manchester City are unfounded.

Agger has been a Liverpool player since 2005-06, moving from Brondby. He has since gone on to play more than 200 times for the club, scoring 12 goals and winning the FA Cup in 2006 and the League Cup in 2012.

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