Daniel Agger is desperate to leave Liverpool this summer…
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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger was forced to hold back the tears during his latest face-to-face meeting with manager Brendan Rodgers, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The distraught 29-year-old defender – the Reds’ vice-captain – made his emotional request in a dressing-room exchange during their recent pre-season tour of America.
Agger is now set to be sold, with Barcelona the favourites to land him. A move to the Nou Camp for the £12million-rated Dane would pave the way for Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen to go to Manchester United – his preferred destination.
Since joining Liverpool in 2006, Agger has made a total of 232 appearances for the Merseyside club, scoring 14 goals and helping guide the Reds to FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield victories, as well as the 2007 Champions League final.
The popular Liverpool star, who made just 23 appearances in all competitions last season, is understood to have told Rodgers that he fears he is fighting a losing battle to win back a regular place in the side.
Rodgers is understood to have been sympathetic to the player, who then broke down and had to be consoled by senior members of the squad. Agger then asked to be allowed to leave the tour and was given permission by the Liverpool boss to fly home.