When he left south Wales, Brendan Rodgers made an agreement to not strip the Swansea side of their best players whilst building a Liverpool side. Yet with the season starting this weekend, the new Liverpool boss has already gone against that deal, signing Joe Allen for £15 million last week. Now it appears he might be willing to do it again.
According to the Daily Mirror, Rodgers has lined up centre-back Ashley Williams as a replacement for Daniel Agger should the Dane join Manchester City during this transfer window. Williams has been a rock at the back of the Swans defence since he arrived from Stockport County in 2008 and would be sorely missed should he depart the Welsh side.
The Welsh centre-back has certainly not been short of suitors, with QPR linked with Williams last summer after the Swans were promoted. Yet Liverpool are certainly the largest club that the defender has been linked with thanks to new boss Brendan Rodgers.
Yet frankly I hope that this rumours remains one. Firstly Daniel Agger has already pledged his allegiance to the Merseyside club, announcing that he does not want to leave Liverpool this summer. This kind of loyalty is rare in the modern game, especially when the fortunes of Manchester City are in the mix, yet Agger has made his statement and said he does not want to leave. Such loyalty should surely be rewarded with a contract extension as opposed to selling the player.
However, say Agger was sold to City for a fee in the region of £23 million, the mark that Rodgers has set as the minimum for the Denmark captain. Williams should certainly not be the first port of call for Rodgers. The defender is no were near the calibre of player to replace Agger and at 27 years old he hardly has any room for significant development.
Should he choose to sell, Rodgers could certainly obtain a higher grade of centre-back then Williams, especially if he can use the majority of the £23 million transfer fee. That is not disrespect to the 27 year old Welshman but I think most would agree that he is not of the standard that Liverpool fans would hope for should Agger leave.
Brendan Rodgers has stated that he wants to build his own squad at Anfield. Yet so far, it seems that he is simply relocating his former squad to the North West, something Reds fans will hope ends after the Allen purchase.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!