Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Reds Would Be Foolish to Sell Daniel Agger

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 15, 2012

L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 13:  Daniel Agger of Denmark is marshalled by Miguel Veloso,  Rolando and Joao Pereira of Portugal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Portugal at Arena Lviv on June 13, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Daniel Agger has Liverpool blood running through him.

That's why it's so perplexing that Agger has found himself in the middle of recent Manchester City transfer rumors. The latest comes from goal.com:

Daniel Agger claims that he would like the opportunity to stay at Liverpool but admits that the club may have no choice but to sell him if the offer is too good to refuse.

As Goal.com revealed last week, Manchester City are preparing a £20m bid and £100,000-per-week deal for the defender, and he has conceded that he may not have any say in where his future lies.

It's understandable that certain players simply get to point where they aren't affordable by their current team, but Agger shouldn't be one of those players.

He's too valuable to Anfield. 

On the pitch, that's obvious. In 27 games in the Premiership last season, Agger continued to establish himself as one of the best center backs in the league. 

The calculable stats are picture perfect: 1.2 tackles, 2.2 interceptions, 3.6 clearances, 1.6 aerials and 2.6 long balls completed per game.

But the stats you can't count explain Agger's worth just as well. Countless perfectly-timed crunching tackles in the final third, menacing runs you don't expect to see out of a player at his position, the propensity to back down to no one, a constant aerial threat in the box. 

Agger at times looks like a man among buys on that final line, and pairing him with Martin Skrtel has without a doubt created one of the best defensive duos in the league. 

So, it's clear the Reds' strengths lie on the defensive side of the ball, and when you finish eighth on the table, you don't improve by selling those strengths. 

Losing Agger hurts Liverpool off the pitch, as well. 

How often do top players—who are getting huge offers from the defending EPL champs, by the way—pledge allegiance to their club after it had one of the worst seasons in recent franchise memory?

Pretty much never, but that's what Agger's doing.

Not only is he a world-class defender, he loves Liverpool and the fans of Liverpool love him, which is indeed a breath of fresh air. It's an important mutual relationship that is hardly ever present. 

So while selling Agger would clearly hurt Liverpool's chances of climbing the table, it would also serve as yet another punch in the face to a fanbase that is quickly losing patience.

I'm no math major, but that looks like a lose-lose to me.