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Agger, who joined in 2006 from Brondby, is the second most senior player in the squad after Steven Gerrard, but that hasn’t earned him automatic selection in the first team, with Rodgers preferring Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho ahead of the Dane.
He returned to the starting line-up against Swansea for the first time since recovering from calf-injury but his performance was highly unsatisfactory. The Reds manager admitted after the match that his decision to replace Agger with Toure was due to belief that physical presence was required to deal with Swansea forward, Wilfried Bony.
Tony Barrett of The Times writes that Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the club’s owners have demanded greater value for money from players’ salaries. It is a policy that Rodgers has been happy to follow and that’s why the likes of Agger and Johnson will have to perform exceedingly well to command a new contract at the club.
The 29-year-old has entered the final two years of his present contract and so far there hasn’t been any talk over a possible new deal. Similarly, Glen Johnson has entered the last 18 months of his agreement and Liverpool want to be convinced that a contract extension is warranted, before handing over any new deal.