With Daniel Agger's future at Anfield looking more and more uncertain, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has reiterated that he still considers the youngster as a vital part of the club's plans.
The 24-year-old defender has been increasingly linked with a move away from Liverpool in a season which has never quite kicked-off for him due to injury, with AC Milan the most high-profile and determined of his many admirers.
Virtually immediately after putting pen to paper on his new five-year deal, Benitez said that it would be one of his top priorities to ensure that Agger commit his long-term future to the club as well, and though his latest comments on the matter weren't exactly forceful, the intention behind them was clear.
"Agger knows what I think of him," Benitez told the Mail on Sunday.
"If he stays fit, he will have as good a chance of playing as anyone else, maybe more."
Agger has returned from injury just in time for Liverpool’s title run-in, but recent evidence suggests that he is behind Martin Skrtel, Jamie Carragher and even Sami Hyypia in the Reds' defensive pecking order.
Derek Wanner, Goal.com