Monday, March 15, 2010

Agger won't walk away from struggling Liverpool

Daniel Agger will not consider leaving Liverpool this summer, despite suggestions over the weekend that Fernando Torres' long-term future is in doubt due to the club's current predicament.

Torres claimed in an interview in Spain on Saturday that Liverpool need to recruit "four or five" world-class players in the summer having fallen far off the title pace and been forced into a prolonged battle to claim the fourth Champions League spot ahead of Tottenham, Manchester City and Aston Villa.

The Spanish striker also said it was "too soon" to talk about his long-term future, leading many to conclude that he will consider other options if Liverpool fail to show adequate progress.

But Agger is certainly not contemplating leaving Anfield and the Danish defender is keen to make amends for what has been a terrible season for the Merseysiders under Rafael Benitez this season.

"I wouldn't walk away. I'd fight to put it right next year because I'm not a quitter," Agger said. "I've been close to winning trophies, but I still don't have any. That's a big disappointment because that's the reason I came to Liverpool."

Liverpool are four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and two behind Manchester City, who have a game in hand. The Reds welcome Portsmouth to Fratton Park on Monday night and Agger is in no doubt as to the importance of the game with Champions League participation at stake.

"We can't slip up any more because it's getting to the end of the season and we know we need more points," Agger said. "I can't imagine not being in the Champions League. That's the tournament we all want to be in. But it's our own fault where we are now and we have to get out of it.

"The fans have a right to expect Liverpool to be in the top four. A big club like Liverpool should be in there every year, but as we know football doesn't always work like that.

"The pressure of that shouldn't come into it. When you come to a club like this there will always be pressure to be successful. Maybe we'll have to start to imagine not being in the top four. But for as long as we have a chance we have to keep believing.

"If you play at a football club like Liverpool you always need to take responsibility, no matter who you are. You do that on and off the pitch, but you must definitely do it in the games."

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