Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini finally admitted defeat in his attempt to bring a trio of stars into the fold: Javi Martinez, Daniele De Rossi and Daniel Agger.
"We talked about Martinez. But it is a situation that is not easy because there are top clubs who want Martinez. De Rossi is difficult because he is at Roma. Agger? I don't think so," Mancini told ESPN.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was wise to rebuff Mancini's advances.
While Agger has a history of injuries, there is no question that he is the Reds' most talented centre-back and one of the best in the entire Premier League.
With a left foot that launches rockets and his ability to anticipate the play as it's developing—often resulting in an Agger interception—he isn't easily replaced. Coupled with the fact that he has quickly become a favorite among the Reds faithful, letting him head to Manchester City would have created more problems than Rodgers anticipated.
Agger seems to have put his injury-riddled past behind him, allowing him to take full advantage of his natural ability—and Alan Hansen agrees: "Everybody has always recognised that Agger is top class with the potential to be world class." (h/t Tribalfootball.com)
Agger's pairing with centre-half Martin Skrtel gives the Reds one of the EPL's most dynamic and talented duos, something that Hansen also believes to be true: "The partnership between Skrtel and Agger is developing into one of the best in the league. There's a nice balance between the two; they complement each other so, so well."
When a fan or a writer thinks it's a good idea, you can debate it. When Hansen says it's the case, it's fact.
Keeping Agger in the fold was the only sensible thing for Rodgers to do, regardless of how much money Mancini was ready to throw his way.