Brendan Rodgers has barely had time to get his feet under the table at Anfield, but already speculation is mounting over the future of a number of key players.
The most concerning piece of transfer whispers surrounds defender Martin Skrtel, who scooped the prestigious Liverpool player of the season award for his efforts in the 2011/12 season.
When things weren’t going particularly well under Kenny Dalglish on Merseyside, the Slovakian international was consistently producing solid displays to help try and steady the ship.
Money talks in football however, and with Manchester City sniffing around with a reported £20 million, according to The Daily Mail, keeping hold of the former Zenit St. Petersburg star could well be difficult.
After spending five-years with Liverpool, the centre back has worked his way from understudy to the current position of first-choice centre back, something Rodgers might have to remind the player of if and when a decision has to be made.
Skrtel could be crucial to the progression of players like Sebastian Coates, who has much potential but realistically isn’t up to the Premier League standard just yet. He will be, but 2012/13 might be before his time.
Elsewhere, goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been linked with a move to AC Milan, with The Daily Mail claiming that the Serie ‘A’ side have set their sights on the Spaniard as they look to rebuild for the future.
There was speculation over a move for the 29-year-old last season, but he’s settled on Merseyside and ideally wouldn’t want to move away.
Yet to meet Brendan Rodgers, the Northern Irishman will need to impress his player at the first meeting, with Reina currently away on international duty at Euro 2012.
The third piece in the Liverpool puzzle is Daniel Agger, although the battle appears half won after the Danish international admitted he was happy at the club and wanted to stay.
'It's no secret that I'm happy to be in Liverpool. Otherwise, I would not have been there for six years. I have not (discussed a new contract) but if they come with an offer I will surely sit down and talk with them," he told sporten.dk.
“It's not something that is urgent, for I have contract until 2014, but if they ask I will listen.”
Whilst Agger wasn’t a guaranteed starter last season, his performances at Euro 2012 prove he still has plenty to offer, and at the age of 27 has many more years in-front of him.
Rodgers will need to make sure those years are spent at Anfield.
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