Brendan Rodgers began his reign at Anfield outlining the importance of retaining one centre-back during his first summer in charge. Now the task could be intensified as both Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger have been linked with moves away from Anfield.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City and Barcelona are set to fight it out over Agger after both sides became frustrated in their attempts to sign Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez. The Reds’ mettle has even been tested with the Daily Mirror reporting that Liverpool have rejected a £12million bid for the defender from City.
City, who are worth putting a bet on at FREEbets.org.uk to retain their title, had previously expressed their interest in Agger’s teammate Martin Skrtel, although they are now thought to have turned their attention to the Denmark captain. Roberto Mancini look set to release Kolo Toure this summer, leaving City with only Kompany and Lescott at centre back, whilst Barca have struggled at times this season using Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets in the heart of their defence.
Liverpool will surely find it difficult to diminish the attraction that City or Barcelona might pose. The Barclays Premier League champions would love to sign the Dane in their efforts to aim for a better Champions League performance this season, whilst Barcelona need more defensive cover if they are to outdo Real Madrid next season. Liverpool may be powerless to prevent the pull of millions from City or the natural lure of the Nou Camp.
Rodgers had already stated that resigning Skrtel was of utmost importance on arriving on Merseyside. Yet now keeping both centre-backs could be the real task for the Liverpool manager, who has so far been preoccupied with the Andy Carroll situation and the attempts to sign Joe Allen and now Gaston Ramirez.
Surely this has to rise to the top of his priority list? Not only are Skrtel and Agger both fantastic individual players but their performances last season made them one of the best defensive partnerships in the Premier. The pair developed an understanding that kept Jamie Carragher out of the side towards the end of last year.
As a Liverpool fan, keeping Agger and Skrtel is of the utmost importance for the Reds. Their defensive partnership will be the bedrock for the Brendan Rodgers’ era at Anfield with both players not only stalwarts at the back but also capable of playing Rodgers’ possession game.
Liverpool need to re-sign both Agger and Skrtel to ensure they stay on Merseyside. At 27 years old, both players are in the prime of their playing career and, along with Steven Gerrard and Pepe Reina, are the most important players for Liverpool at the moment in time. Brendan Rodgers’ simply has to do everything he can to hold onto Skrtel and Agger before its too lat
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