It is 'very important' for Liverpool to keep Agger, says Gerrard

The skipper believes the Denmark international is one of the club's best players and is keen for the Reds to keep hold of the 27-year-old defender with Manchester City lurking

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes it is "very important" that the club retain the services of Manchester City target Daniel Agger next season.

The Denmark international skipper has been linked with a big-money move to the Premier League champions as Roberto Mancini looks to bolster his side’s defensive options.

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Agger, despite frequently struggling with injuries, has established himself as a key player at Anfield, making 119 appearances since his move from Brondby in 2006. And, Gerrard stressed the importance of keeping the defender, despite the club's admission that every player has a price.

"It's very important [to keep him], he's a top player, he's been here for seven years now, he's one of the fans' favourites," the 33 year-old told ESPN.

"He shows passion and commitment every time he plays. It might be one of those situations where it's not in Daniel's hands, and it's up to the owners at the end of the day.

"The manager has gone on record and said that every player has got his price, so we'll have to wait and see, but of course if you ask me I want him to stay. I want all our best players to stay."

The England skipper was speaking after his club's side's 3-0 Europa league win over FC Gemol at Anfield.

Gerrard was happy with the team's performance, believing it was important to send a message out to future opponents that the club would be making their Merseyside home a tough place to compete this season.

He added: "That's what he wanted, that was the message today, it was important to get off to a good start show the fans our intentions and we want to make Anfield a very difficult place for the opposition to come.

"Last season it was too easy for sides at times and we gave away stupid points.

"So tonight was all about defending well and good attacking play, and we're pleased with the win."