Reds encouraged to bid for Agger

The BBC have spoken to Danish side Brondby about Liverpool’s interest in their defender Daniel Agger.

The twenty-year-old is out at the moment with a knee injury but Liverpool may make a move in January to bring him to Anfield. A Brondby spokesperson told the BBC that they weren’t planning to let him leave: "We don’t have any thoughts of selling Daniel Agger." As if to invite Liverpool to make a bid for the player, the spokesman then said: "Though obviously every player has his price."

Agger is already established in the Danish national side and is said to be valued at around £5million. His contract at Brondby expires at the end of next season.

Liverpool’s need to get cover for the defensive positions was illustrated by manager Rafael Benitez yesterday when he explained that Jamie Carragher has been forced to play on with an injury for the last two months.

Carra was left out of the England squad for today’s friendly with Argentina so that he cold get treatment on an ankle problem. This dates back to Liverpool’s away fixture at Tottenham on 10th September. He was given an injection on Wednesday.

Rafa explained the situation: "Carra has had a problem for some time and now we are trying to protect him. He is a brave player and he never wants to come off or miss a game. The last thing we wanted was for him to play in a friendly and risk us losing him for a long time. With rest he can prepare for our next games. He has the character you want as a manager, which makes him so important."

Carragher’s worth to the England squad is with his versatility. It’s unlikely he’d get a place as a first-choice centre-back due to the preference of the England manager and press of others for that position, but as a squad player Carra is capable of filling in at any position in defence and also in midfield. Rafa says his versatility and attitude means he shouldn’t worry that missing today’s friendly lessens his chances of a place in the squad for Germany: "I don’t like talking too much about individuals, but he is always at a good level, which means I always have confidence in him. He can make mistakes like any player, but they are rare. If a manager wants someone for the World Cup, when you can’t make many mistakes because you play so many games in little time, he is ideal. I’m sure he will be there."