The future of Liverpool’s Danish defender Daniel Agger has constantly been on the speculation in the last few months. He has been linked with a move to Barcelona, who are looking for a replacement for Carlos Puyol. The 34-year-old is coming to the end of his stellar career and he has been suffering a number of injury problems in recent years. Barcelona do not expect him to carry on playing at the top level for more than a couple of seasons. As a result, they have been targeting several defenders like Daniel Agger and Thomas Vermaelen.
Playing as a defender for Barcelona requires a unique set of skills like being able to bring the ball out of defence. Agger is one of the best defenders at this task and it is not a surprise to see him being linked with a £ 15 million move to the camp Nou. Liverpool and Barcelona have already done business with each other in recent years after the transfer of Javier Mascherano. Yet, Agger has said that he does not want to leave the Merseyside club. He still has three years left on his current contract and he intends to fulfil it.
This will come as a major boost for manager Brendan Rodgers especially in the wake of the Martin Skrtel rumours.
“I still have three years left and I intend to fulfil them. There are always rumours, but who is creating them? I don’t know. It is not a bad thing to be linked with top clubs but you have to take 70% of the speculation off and then you have the reality,” said Agger, who has just had a great season with Liverpool. Liverpool are on course to finish in the seventh position in the first season at the club for Brendon Rogers.
Denmark’s chances of playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup almost ended after the disappointing 1-1 draw with Bulgaria in the recent World Cup qualifying match. Denmark gave themselves a huge hope of qualifying for this major tournament by beating Czech Republic 3-0 only a few days ago. This would have helped them to at least make it into the play-offs. However, this two dropped two points against Bulgaria may prove to be extremely costly after the team sit a massive four points behind Bulgaria in the table.
Bulgaria occupied the second place, which is the final position that will help teams qualify for the World Cup through the play-offs. The group is dominated by the 2006 World Cup winners, Italy. Denmark came into the match with high hopes due to the recent win over Czech Republic, but they were unable to capitalise on the home advantage. Bulgaria took the lead in the second half through a goal from Manolev in the 51st minute. Even though Czech Republic were able to come back into the match through a penalty from Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, they were unable to get the crucial winning goal that would have put them just one point behind Bulgaria on the table.
“We are not satisfied and we should have won this game in the first half. We have the chances, especially in the first half but we don’t capitalise and the second half becomes a messy affair,” said Morten Olsen. “It wasn’t good enough. We needed more today and we should have gotten more. We let them score an easy goal. We could have maintained a 1-0 lead, which was what we aimed for,” said Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. The team’s next match will play against Armenia, but that match will not be until June.