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Liverpool star targeted by ex-Reds boss Rafa Benitez

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Napoli manager Rafael Benitez would love to bring Liverpool defender Daniel Agger to Serie A, reports suggest.

This is according to unnamed Italian sources cited by The Daily Express, who suggest that the Italian outfit are plotting to test the Reds' resolve to hold on to Agger with Benitez keen on the possibility of being reunited with the long-serving Dane.

The same source further suggests that Liverpool's apparent interest in defensive duo Marcos Rojo - from Sporting Lisbon - and Schalke's Kyriakos Papadopoulos could hasten Agger's departure from Anfield.

Benitez - who spent six years as Liverpool boss - will know all about Agger of course having first brought him to Merseyside from Danish Superliga outfit Brondby back in 2006.

The 29-year-old centre-back became an established member of the first-team squad under Benitez's reign, with Agger only having lost his regular place in the starting lineup under Brendan Rodgers this season.

While he obviously still boasts a number of impressive defensive qualities, Agger has fallen firmly behind the likes of Martin Skrtel and summer signing Mahmadou Sakho in the pecking order as Liverpool have defied expectations to become favourites to lift the 2013/14 Premier League title.

Just what kind of fee Liverpool may demand for his services is unclear, but there does not appear to be an immediate need to sell with Agger having signed an extension to his contract during the Autumn of 2012.

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