Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva's Possible Exits

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2014

Since the big-money departure of Luis Suarez from Liverpool to Barcelona last month, all of the Reds' transfer talk has surrounded how they'll cope without the Uruguayan and who will be coming in to fill his lethal boots.

While manager Brendan Rodgers has been busy adjusting his squad by bringing in new additions, there could also be changes with stars heading for the exit door.

Here, we look at two big-name players who may well have donned the famous red shirt for the last time.


Daniel Agger

If speculation is to be believed this summer, it seems that Daniel Agger's future could lie anywhere. With that said, one place it won't be is at Anfield.

The Danish centre-back signed with the Reds back in 2006 but found chances few and far between last season as he crept down the defensive pecking order.

With first-team football atop his list of priorities, the 29-year-old has reportedly begged Rodgers to let him leave, per Tom Sheen of The Independent. According to journalist Richard Buxton, he even left an open training session early and was visibly emotional:

Sheen’s report states that both Arsenal and Barcelona were interested in landing the Dane, but it seems that the north Londoners are now in pole position to sign him.

After Barca snapped up Thomas Vermaelen from the Gunners, a void has been left in their back line—one that Agger could happily fill.

However, with the defender chasing regular football, the Emirates doesn't exactly seem a sensible destination, as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are seemingly inseparable at centre-back.

Besides, that's exactly what drove Vermaelen out in the first place. Agger is better off considering his options before finding himself back at square one.

According to James Dickenson of the Daily Express, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are also doing everything in their power to land the Danish international. However, Sky Sports' Lyall Thomas suggests the latter's link to Agger can't be taken too seriously:

Despite such reported interest from numerous clubs, there have yet to be any offers tabled, increasing the chances of Agger remaining at Anfield.

Rodgers noted as much by saying: "I've seen some stories on that but, no, we haven't had any enquiries. Dan's still getting some work done on his knee, he's been a bit unfortunate since America. He's still getting treatment but we haven't had anything, no offers."

The possibility of Agger remaining a Red for the upcoming Premier League campaign wouldn't exactly be a bad thing either, as the Dane can still offer flawless defending when fully fit in a campaign during which depth will be a hugely important factor behind success.

With his morale at an all-time low, though, the time could be right for Agger and Liverpool to part ways.

Were it not for the quality of new signing Dejan Lovren, fans may well have been calling for Agger to stay. Now, it looks as if he's now surplus to requirements at Anfield.


Lucas Leiva

Another mainstay in the Liverpool setup over the last few seasons, Lucas Leiva could also be heading out, with Napoli being his likely destination in the coming weeks.

Like Agger, Lucas was kept out of the team by both injuries and others' quality last term, but there could be a place for him in the first team in Naples under former Reds boss Rafa Benitez.

The 27-year-old himself is reportedly keen on the move, too, according to Ian Herbert of The Independent, with a new lease on life in Serie A driving the Brazilian towards the transfer.

Lucas took to Instagram to give a possible hint at the move, showing a light at the end of the tunnel:

While first-team football is far from guaranteed with Napoli, he has more of a chance there than at Anfield—particularly with the highly rated Emre Can making his way to Merseyside.

Rodgers' exciting system also sends Lucas' chances of earning a place in the team down a few notches, as he doesn't possess the pace and injection in the right areas of the pitch to meet the manager's requirements.

That's something that This Is Anfield agree with in their blog for, writing that Lucas is better suited to life in Italy than the Premier League:

Rodgers appears keen to press ahead with his high-energy, attacking style of play and unfortunately Lucas does not fit that approach. Incredibly, in the last five seasons—133 appearances—Lucas has failed to score and made just four assists.

A move to Italy, with a slower pace of the game benefitting him, will offer a new lease of life for Lucas.

While neither Lucas nor Agger's potential departures will cut as deep as Suarez's exit for Liverpool fans, they do rather represent the end of an Anfield era.

However, with Rodgers spending intelligently in the transfer window, it seems that the new era is a much more exciting one than the last—and it's one Agger and Lucas won’t be a part of.


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