LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Brendan Rodgers, manager of Swansea City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on December 21, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Transfer dealings have been a frequent point of discussion in Brendan Rodgers' pressers since his arrival at Anfield, but with only Fabio Borini arriving, the manager is often in a spot to talk more about the players that are linked with moves away than those that might be coming in. But sometimes talking about players coming in is okay, just not lots and only if Liverpool really want them, right?
Most recently Daniel Agger's name has been part of any conversation about Liverpool and transfers, and during his pre-Gomel presser Rodgers made comment on where things stand with a defender that--despite missing large chunks due to injury--has been a favorite of supporters during the seven years he's spent at Liverpool.
"Daniel is a top player and any manager will tell you that they don't want to lose their best players. But I suppose at every club, and we've seen it throughout (football), every player has a price. For me he is a top-class professional. I've really enjoyed working with him and speaking with him over the last number of weeks since he's been in. You're always going to have your top players linked (with moves away)."
For an Agger apologist, this is decidedly not good. It makes perfectly rational sense, and given the way things have gone in the past, we're all well aware that players have a price. Fernando Torres had a price, Raul Meireles had a price, Steven Gerrard (at one point) looked to have a price, and Daniel Agger, as much as it might be bothersome right now, has a price.
There's no fault on Brendan Rodgers, who's seemingly been very honest about where things stand with both Agger and Andy Carroll. And there doesn't seem to be any fault on the part of either player, at least according to Rodgers, as both have prepared as though their future lies at Liverpool.
If there is fault, I suppose it lies with the ghosts of the previous regime, as we've discussed, who saddled the current owners and manager with a budget that isn't sustainable and a range of personnel that are the wonderful combination of overpaid and underperforming. That clubs are interested in Agger is understandable, and that he'd present an opportunity to further more things in the right direction seems reasonable enough.
That doesn't change my stance, though, regardless of the fact that I understand there are plenty of logical factors. I really like Agger, and think that he's a player that should be a part of Liverpool's future. Like, playing on the moon for the 39th match in thirty years future. That's probably not realistic, I suppose, but reality's proven that it can't be trusted over the past few years at Liverpool.