Liverpool defender 'understands' why he's not playing

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, who is a reported target for both Arsenal and Barcelona, fully 'understands' why he is not in the club's first XI at present, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Agger has started five of Liverpool's nine Premier League matches so far this season, the last of which came in the defeat to Southampton last month, and speculation about his future has intensified in recent weeks.

Arsenal and Barcelona have been credited with interest in the Denmark international, with Arsene Wenger reported to have made an attempt to bring Agger to the Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window.

The player has, however, since moved to clarify that he remains committed to Liverpool, despite his inability to break into the starting XI, which includes three central defenders in Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho.

Rodgers, though, says the 28-year-old knows why he is unable to play as much as he would like at present, and believes Agger will continue fighting for his place.

"I've reassured him and Daniel is one that understands fully the situation," Rodgers told reporters. "He's like every player, of course, and he wants to play and he's a top player.

"He's training remarkably well. It's obviously been difficult because since he came out of the team with that injury against Southampton, the team has done very well.

"It's something he understands and he's come in [to training], has a smile on his face and is working exceptionally well.

"That's what we need because it's going to be the whole squad that allows us to succeed - and he's a player that respects the decision.

"He's fighting and waiting for that moment, and when he does get back in he'll be in there to fight to keep his place."

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