Agger squashes rumors of Napoli move and vows to shine with Liverpool
Liverpool center back Daniel Agger has shrugged off reports linking him with a move to Italian club Napoli. Rumors suggest the Danish defender might join his former boss Rafael Benitez in Serie A this month.
There has been wide speculation about the Dane moving out of Anfield over the past year. Barcelona were strongly linked with Agger last year, but the move didn’t materialize. With a sudden increase in center back options at Liverpool it is believed that Agger might grow out of favor.
The 29-year-old is currently considered to be in the first-line of Liverpool’s defense, but since Agger spends a great deal of time on the bench due to injuries Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could replace him with younger blood from the squad.
Agger believes he is still a core part of the Liverpool team and that in fact is quite true. Last month Agger was made the vice-captain of Liverpool. In a recent interview to Jyllands-Posten, a Danish magazine, Agger confirmed that he had no intentions of leaving the Reds.
“I'm not thinking about moving at the moment, not at all,” Agger was translated by Sky Sports. “I've only seen what the papers say and I can't really do anything about it. There is no reason to believe these rumors.”
Injuries have followed Agger around this season. The latest of his misfortune was against Oldham in the FA cup when he picked up a calf injury that is expected to keep him out of action for at least a month.
“It is what it is. I've been unlucky at the wrong times, but that's football,” Agger said. “When you have so many great players, then someone else will play when you are not at the top of your form.”
Liverpool have thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the season with good results and brilliant performances. They were leading the Premier League at Christmas, but now stand fourth on the table. The Reds are six points away from the top team, Arsenal.
Agger, who arrived at Liverpool in 2006, believes his side can mount a strong challenge for the Premier League title if the team continues to show such high standards of football.
“There is a much different atmosphere in the dressing room,” Agger said. “It's like we truly believe that we are going to win and that is not something that we have done in the last couple of years.
“We are winning games, playing some great football and scoring a lot of goals. We've proven that we can challenge and then we have a guy up front [Luis Suarez] who scores goals from time to time.”