Agger 'not promised' starting place

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Daniel Agger has revealed he was made "no promises" about his first-team place from Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez when he agreed to sign a new contract.

The Danish defender was involved in months of negotiations about a new deal last season, amid claims he had demanded a massive wage rise and assurances about regular first-team football.

Agger said: "In football you can't get any promises from the manager about when you are going to play, and especially not at a club like Liverpool where we have so many talented players all competing for places."

He added: "I believe I am good enough to play regularly in this team and that is what I want to do."

The 24 year-old told the club's website, "I believe this team, with the players we have, will be able to challenge for many honours and trophies over the next few years.

"I think I have a chance to play in this team, otherwise I would not be staying at the club.

"And I really like this city, and I like the people who live here. It's not the same as my home town, Copenhagen, but I actually really like where I live. That is important.

"I believe if you have a happy, settled and comfortable life outside the pitch then you're going to be a much better player on it."

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