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Rodgers: Agger omission fitness-related

ESPN staff
August 3, 2012
Daniel Agger played for Denmark at the Euros © Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers has moved to calm speculation over Daniel Agger's future after the Denmark centre-back was absent from Liverpool's Europa League victory over Gomel on Thursday.

Speculation linking Manchester City and Barcelona with a move for Agger grew when the 27-year-old failed to make the squad for the trip to Belarus, with the player's agent, Per Steffensen, telling Politiken: "He is not injured in any way. Only the club and the manager can answer why he is not in the squad."

However, Steffensen also said Agger was "very happy" at Anfield and described as "utter nonsense" claims that he had put in a transfer request, while Rodgers stressed that Agger's omission had been motivated by the player's previous injury problems.

"The plan was always for Daniel to stay behind," Rodgers said. "Everyone knows his history of injuries. He came back to pre-season training after everyone else and is still not up to speed.

"He is fit, but I have to make sure he is up to speed before he plays, because everyone knows his history with injuries."

Agger, under contract with Liverpool until 2014, had indicated last month that he was prepared to discuss a new deal with the Reds.

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