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.