Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes defender Daniel Agger will reject Barcelona's advances and instead choose to remain at Anfield.

Danish international Agger is a key member of Rodgers' first-team squad, but his excellent form has attracted the attention of new Barca manager Gerardo Martino who views the 28-year-old as the ideal candidate to boost his ailing defensive options. 

However, despite firm interest from the Catalan giants, Rodgers, who appointed Agger as vice-captain during pre-season, believes the former Brondby man wants to stay on Merseyside.

"Daniel has given me his word that he loves Liverpool and I will expect him to be here," Rodgers told the Daily Mirror. "He had chances to leave, but told me as long as we wanted him here, then he wanted to stay.

"He's been brilliant, that is why we have given him the vice-captaincy. The one thing I got from him from the very first conversation is loyalty."

While the allure of the Nou Camp will be undoubtedly difficult to resist, Rodgers points to the new contract Agger signed at Anfield in October 2012 as a clear sign of the Dane's unwavering commitment to the Liverpool cause.

"That is why he signed a new contract and committed himself to the club, and why we gave him a new contract - because we want him to be part of our future.

"He is important to the way we play, and he has been central to the way we work since I came here, and he knows that. There have been a couple of inquiries, but we have made our position clear." 

Liverpool's resolve to retain Agger's services is only likely to increase as the ugly transfer saga involving unsettled Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez continues to engulf the club. 

Suarez is reportedly deeply unhappy at the club's refusal to allow him to join Premier League rivals Arsenal and is currently training away from the first-team squad. 

 

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