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Should we sell Daniel Agger? by lfctalk
January 16, 2009, 13:31
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Daniel Agger has been the subject of much speculation this month, with AC Milan lurking and ready to swoop for his signature.

The Danish defender has failed to recapture the form of his early days in the Red shirt, but he has still performed well at the heart of the Reds defence. His position in the side has come under intense pressure from the emergence of Martin Skrtel and the renaissance of Sami Hyypia’s career.

AC Milan have reportedly failed with an approach already and are still rumoured to be readying a bid in the region of £8m. This has been scoffed at by Liverpool supporters everywhere, but a touch of realism is required here. Milan could easily wait 18 months and snap him up without a transfer fee and he’d still be a young player with more experience and time on his side. If he makes it known that he wishes to leave, our hands could be tied and a bid in that region would realistically be the best we can hope for.

But, on the flipside…the contract situation needs to be resolved. A reported offer of £60,000 a week doesn’t appear to be enough for the Danish international to be convinced to stay – so should we think that money is a higher priority than this club to him? If that were the case, we would probably be wise to sell the defender and bring in a replacement whose priority is the club’s success.

Real Madrid were reported to be interested along with both Juventus and Inter Milan, but none of these clubs have been credited with any serious inquiry or bid…which would leave Milan as the only realistic suitor, thus paving the way for them to steer clear of any bidding war.

It would appear that Benitez has earmarked Agger and Skrtel as the long-term answer to our central defence. Jamie Carragher is past 30 now and Sami Hyypia is 35, so each has his peak years behind him. The pairing of Skrtel and Agger would have a great balance – an elegant ball player and a rugged all-out defender, a right-footer and a left-footer…they would compliment eachother as Hansen & Lawrenson and Hyypia & Henchoz all did as pairings…if Agger stays that is.

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