Agger has been benched for last four league games having lost starting role through injury
Agger has been benched for the last four Premier League games having lost his starting role after suffering a freak injury in the gym last month.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has kept faith in the three-man central defence of Kolo Toure , Martin Skrtel and £18million new boy Mamadou Sakho first introduced in Agger’s absence from the Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United.
The Denmark international was named club vice-captain in August after the Anfield outfit rebuffed the advances of Barcelona to sign the defender.
But the Catalans, who are still keen on a bolstering their defence, will be encouraged by comments from Agger to Danish television station TV3 Sport concerning his future.
Asked what could make him leave Liverpool, the 28-year-old said: “First of all, if I don’t play. If the manager doesn’t think I’m good enough, that could make me leave Liverpool.
“I’m here to play football, nothing else. So if I don’t play football, then I don’t want to be here anymore.”
Agger’s fortunes contrast those of fellow centre-back Skrtel, who was heavily linked with an Anfield exit during the summer having fallen out of favour with Rodgers.
The Slovakian started only two of Liverpool’s final 16 Premier League last season after a poor performance in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United in January.
But he has been an ever-present since returning from injury at the start of September with Rodgers insisting Skrtel remains in the team on merit – and has benefited from the switch in formation.
“The three at the back plays to his strengths,” said the Northern Irishman.
“It allows him to defend and it allows him to simplify things when he has the ball.
“I think in the run of games he’s had he’s gained confidence and that’s meant I’ve acknowledged and recognised that he’s playing at a really good level.
“I’ve always tried to show my fairness with players. People say ‘you don’t like this player’ or ‘you don’t like that player’ but it’s about performance level.
“If you are playing well, you’ll play. If you’re not, you’ll be in and out of the team.
“I’ve got an international captain sitting on the bench but that’s because I like to think I’m fair and if people are playing well they play. Martin has been outstanding.”
Meanwhile, Fabio Borini has not given up on his Liverpool career despite becoming an instant hero at Sunderland.
The on-loan Italian striker scored a dramatic late winner in Sunday’s north-east derby against Newcastle United to equal his Premier League tally during an injury-ravaged first season at Liverpool having arrived in a £10m deal from Roma.
But Borini said: “There has been a squad revolution at Liverpool but the worst thing for me was getting injured when I was actually playing at the start of last season.
“I remain a Liverpool player, I’m on loan because there wasn’t space for me and after a year of injuries I needed to get my confidence back, to play some games. But my roots are still there.”