Reds vice-captain has only just returned to the first team.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has revealed that La Liga champions FC Barcelona tried to sign him during the recent summer transfer window, only for the Dane to reject the Spanish giants’ advances, according to reports on ESPN.
The 28-year-old has now confirmed that Barca did contact the Merseysiders during the close season to inquire whether Agger would be interested in moving to Catalunya.
However, the Denmark international spurned the Catalans’ approach in order to remain loyal to the Reds, who Agger has been with now since first joining the club from Bronby for just £6 million in January 2006.
“I think you are always tempted when stuff like that happens,” Agger told the Times. “You would not be human not to be, but I keep to my principles.
“If I have a contract here for two or three years and the club want me to stay, then I stay with them because, when I signed that deal, that’s what I told them – that I’d be here for four years. I can’t just turn around and say I don’t want to be here anymore.
“It might have been different if the club had said it was in the best interests of both of us to go our different ways. In that case Barcelona would have been the best place to go, without a doubt, but the club came to me and told me they wanted me here.
“I’m not saying I wasn’t tempted, because anyone would be in that situation, but for the club to say that to me was enough. I am happy here and my family is happy here also and that’s a good combination.”
Agger has played seven matches so far for Liverpool this season, six of which have come in the Premier League as Brendan Rodgers’s side have made a flying start to the new campaign.
However, the player has only just returned to the first team though after being kept on the substitutes’ bench by the Northern Irishman for the previous seven weeks, during which time there was a mountain of speculation suggesting that Agger was set to quit the Merseysiders.