Liverpool ace plays down talk of January switch

Daniel Agger (Liverpool)Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has distanced himself from rumours of a January move to Barcelona.

The Danish international was strongly linked with a switch to the Nou Camp over the summer, with the La Liga champions believed to be considering him as a long-term replacement for ageing club icon, Carles Puyol.

However, the Anfield side were able to keep Agger – who has replaced Jamie Carragher as vice captain after the Kop hero’s retirement.

Rumours have continued to circulate that Barca may make a fresh move for the 28-year-old, but the centre-back says that he is looking to stay with Liverpool.

“In January I will have been here for eight years and if you count how many central defenders who have been through the system since then, you will need more than one hand. It’s a lot and I am still here,” he told talkSPORT.

“I don’t know [if I will play for another club in the future]. I have two and a half years left on my contract and I intend to fulfil them. I am happy in Liverpool and feel well. We have an exciting team.”

Agger is set to return from injury for the Reds’ weekend clash with Newcastle, but faces a battle to regain his first-team slot.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have looked impressive with a defensive trio of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho in the Dane’s absence.

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