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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Liverpool: Godin To Replace Agger?

With Daniel Agger increasingly likely to move away from Anfield should an appropriate bid be lodged, Uruguay international defender Diego Godin has emerged as a potential replacement...

It's been a busy couple of days on the rumour front for Liverpool but unfortunately for the club's fans much of the conjecture has revolved around the potential departure of Daniel Agger.

With Premier League champions Manchester City known to be interested in the popular 27-year-old defender, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers yesterday took a measured approach to the subject.

At a press conference ahead of tonight's Europa League qualifying second leg match against FC Gomel, the 39-year-old reiterated Agger's importance to Liverpool but also admitted everyone has their price.

In quotes published on the official website, the former Watford and Reading chief said: "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).

"But certainly for me, I'm not forced to have to sell anyone, which is important. Daniel is a very, very important player for us here. We'll see what happens between now and the end of the month but for me he is getting back up to speed.

"He's a good guy, he loves the club here and he loves the supporters. He's been here seven years now and he's really focused on his work here.

"But like I say, you can never say never and I'm a realist, so we'll see where it goes between now and the end of the month."

An acceptable price to the Anfield hierarchy is thought to be a figure in excess of the £22m City paid Everton for fellow centre-back Joleon Lescott in 2009.

Alternatively, The Guardian and Mirror are amongst those who feel a player-plus-cash offer involving winger Adam Johnson, who City are willing to sell after lining up Swansea City's Scott Sinclair as a replacement, could tempt Liverpool into parting with one of their prize assets.

Should Agger move to the Etihad Stadium then are reporting an interest in replacing him with 26-year-old defender Diego Godin.

The Atletico Madrid man was heavily linked with a switch to Merseyside during Kenny Dalglish's reign and Rodgers is thought to be ready to renew that interest should he lose Danish international Agger.

A former Villarreal and Nacional player, Godin has amassed 56 international caps for Uruguay and his pace and physical presence could just suit life in the Premier League.

The online report does however suggest Arsenal and Chelsea have also made enquiries recently for Godin, who was a central figure in Atletico's Europa League triumph last season.

The second leg against FC Gomel can be seen live tonight on LFC TV Online and ESPN (Sky channel 417 | Virgin channel 529). Kick-off 8.05pm (GMT). Subscriptions required.

Vital Verdict
Although it is by no means certain at this stage Agger will depart, if he does, then Godin would be a good replacement. Although it could be argued we do not actually need to replace Agger directly and the money could be better used to strengthen other areas of the team such as the strike force. With Martin Skrtel, Jamie Carragher, Sebastian Coates, Martin Kelly and Danny Wilson, plus upcoming youngsters Andre Wisdom and Steven Sama, to call upon there is no shortage of options at centre-back. Hopefully Agger will stay however because when injury free he is the best of the lot.

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