Liverpool dealt double defender blow – one out, none in at Anfield

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Per Mertesacker has rubbished claims he will leave Werder Bremen for Liverpool this month while the chase for Daniel Agger intensifies.

Mertesacker has been linked to two Barclays Premier League sides recently but has made it clear his intention is to help Werder our of their ‘difficult moment’.

Liverpool and Arsenal had been chasing the German international and he was reported to be Liverpool’s director of football strategy Damian Comolli’s number one target to replace the wantaway Agger.

However, Mertesacker told the Kreiszeitung newspaper: "We are in a difficult moment with Werder and we should not be talking about me at this time.

"I am needed here for our day-to-day work and it is my duty to concentrate on that. I cannot deal with anything else.

"Like I say, most of it does not even get through to me and I have told my agent that he should leave me in peace.

"In certain situations, players should protect themselves by not losing track of the most important things in their job."

And, with their number one player ruled out Liverpool will need to move fast for one of their other speculated targets because Agger’s situation is close to reaching a head.

Agger has insisted he will have no hesitation in walking away from Anfield if he is not considered a first team regular this season.

With those comments, Tottenham and Arsenal have made clear their interest and Juventus are already preparing a £10 million offer for the Dane.

Other possible replacements for Agger could be Stoke pair Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth or Blackburn’s unsettled Chris Samba.

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