by Dave Usher for ESPN
It was pleasing to see Daniel Agger come out so emphatically on Tuesday to deny the inevitable speculation that had started to rage about his future. When a player of the undoubted quality of the Dane finds himself on the substitute’s bench for any length of time, there is always going to be talk of him being unsettled and of other clubs being ready to make a move.
Barcelona's need for a top class centre-back and long standing interest in the 28-year-old, combined with Agger's lack of playing time meant this was a story that was always ready to explode at any moment. And when the player himself is quoted in the Danish media as saying: "If I don't play football, then I don't want to be here anymore," the stories that follow are completely understandable.
However, Agger was clearly frustrated at how his words had been interpreted and took to his twitter account to put Liverpool fans' minds at ease:
Please stop all the tweets about me leaving! I'm not going anywhere! Will be back in the team soon:) Y.N.W.A— Daniel Agger (@DanielAgger) October 29, 2013
Quotes can often mean very little without context and this is a good example of that. Agger actually said: "If I don't play, and if the manager doesn't think I am good enough, that could make me leave Liverpool. I'm here to play football, nothing else. So if I don't play football, then I don't want to be here anymore."
There are a lot of 'ifs' in that, and in fairness to the Dane he was responding directly to a question about what would make him leave. In that context, there's nothing wrong or out of the ordinary about what he said. Show me a player that would want to stay if he wasn't playing and his manager didn't think he was good enough. Gold stars to those of you pointing to Heurelho Gomes and Winston Bogarde, but those are the exceptions that prove the rule. Most players would be off in those circumstances.
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