Daniel Agger has asked to leave Liverpool this summer

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Daniel Agger has reportedly made his wish to leave Liverpool this summer crystal clear to manager Brendan Rodgers on the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

Indeed, according to The Daily Mirror, Arsenal target Agger asked to depart Anfield in quite emotional circumstances, with the Danish defender supposedly reduced to tears when making the request to call time on his eight-year stay at Anfield.

The news that Agger is desperately seeking to depart Merseyside will presumably come as little surprise to the bulk of Liverpool supporters.

After only featuring in 20 Premier League games last season, the 29-year-old - who arrived at Liverpool from Brondby in 2006 - has come across as somewhat disillusioned with his lot in recent weeks, with the player even stating on one occasion that he didn't believe Rodgers thought he was good enough.

While Agger is generally a popular long-serving figure among the club's supporters, in truth his exit would probably not have too much of an impact on the team's fortunes heading into the 2014/15 campaign.

His experience of European competition may have been beneficial ahead of Liverpool's long-awaited return to the Champions League, but the likes of Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel - not to mention new £20 million signing Dejan Lovren - should be able to minimise the effects of such a loss.

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Where now?

Agger's request to leave Liverpool will no doubt provide a huge boost for his suitors, with Arsenal the latest club to be linked with a move for the player as a potential replacement for in-demand captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Given that Vermaelen's own refusal to enter talks over a new contract at the Emirates Stadium appears to stem from his unhappiness with a lack of first-team football over recent months, a move to Arsenal would perhaps not be particularly suitable for Agger.

Spanish giants Barcelona and former club Brondby are two other outfits credited with an interest in the £12 million-rated centre-back.

A move to the former could appeal given their well-documented struggles to sign defenders, particularly with former skipper Carles Puyol having now retired from the sport. 

However, it is certainly worth noting that Barcelona have already signed Frenchman Jeremy Mathieu this summer, meaning that Agger would likely be faced with another uncertain battle for regular starts alongside Gerard Pique at the Camp Nou.

Given his previous ties with the club, a return to Brondby could appeal to Agger, however the perceived weakness of the Danish Superliga compared with other reputable European leagues surely means he is unlikely to ponder that sort of switch until he is slightly older.

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