Agger absence was down to history of injuries, insists Liverpool boss Rodgers

Manchester City are thought to be monitoring the defender's situation, with rumours of at least one offer being made, but the new boss has maintained his absence was due to injury

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed speculation that Daniel Agger's absence from Thursday's Europa League win over FC Gomel indicates a move is in the offing.

Manchester City are thought to be monitoring the central defender's situation at Anfield, with rumours circulating that the Premier League champions have converted their interest into at least one concrete offer, only to see it immediately rejected.

And Rodgers has maintained that the Denmark international was not risked against the Belarus out due to his history of injuries, despite the player's agent Per Steffensen insisting that Agger "is not injured in any way" ahead of the game.

"The plan was always for Daniel to stay behind," Rodgers told reporters.
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"Everyone knows his history of injuries. He came back to pre-season training after everyone else and is still not up to speed.

"He is fit but I have to make sure he is up to speed before he plays, because everyone knows his history with injuries."

Steffensen has, however, dismissed suggestions that Agger had handed in a transfer request, amid speculation on the contray, but claimed that a new contract - which is currently set to expire in 2014 - has yet to be tabled.