“Agger is not worth £20m of anyone’s money”
Despite the news that Luis Suárez has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool this week, there looks like being some significant shuffling of Brendan Rodgers’s squad before the end of the transfer window. The Liverpool boss has conceded that Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll and Daniel Agger could all be on their way out, so the Life’s a Pitch panel has been discussing Manchester City’s interest in the Danish defender and whether he’s worth the £20m it will apparently cost to buy him.
“There’s no doubt that he’s a terrific player, but he’s suffered with a lot of injuries while he’s been at Liverpool,” explains the People’s Tom Hopkinson. ”If you can get £20m for him then it does give the owners that chance to build the side.”
Although most Liverpool fans would be lothe to lose Agger, especially to a fellow Premier League team, £20m would certainly allow the new manager to introduce several new players into a team that looked short on quality last season. But is Agger worth £20m? And, crucially, would suitors Manchester City be prepared to pay that?
“Manchester City are saying ‘we’re looking for value for money’,” adds the Sunday Mirror’s David Walker. ”Well, they went from £14m to £23m to get Joleon Lescott, so you can imagine what Liverpool are thinking right now about Agger. Let’s be fair, he’s a decent centre-back, but he’s not worth £20m-plus of anyone’s money.”
Not so, argues Tom. ”I disagree with that. If you can keep Daniel Agger fit then I think he is a £20m centre-half, I think he’s a great player. If you had Lescott, Vincent Kompany and Daniel Agger as your back three, I think that would be a terrific signing.”
Whatever happens with Agger, Rodgers will be delighted to have secured Suárez, says the Daily Telegraph’s Jason Burt. ”It’s a big boost for Rodgers. Obviously Suárez has been unsettled for some time, to do with the Evra case, and there’s been a lot of speculation about his future, a lot of interest from other clubs. There are so many other things going on at Liverpool, we don’t know what’s going to happen to Andy Carroll yet, there are other players’ futures up in the air. This is one thing they needed to get settled.”
The panel also looks at what the future holds for Joe Cole this season at Liverpool.
Watch the full video discussion by clicking on the play button in the image above.