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Rodgers on the Pop?

It is widely suggested that Brendan Rodgers has more than a fleeting admiration for the red-wine drinking, red knight from Stretford, but he himself must have had a few over the last couple of weeks based upon news emanating from Anfield over the last few days.

Centre-back supreme, Daniel Agger is not for sale at 13m, not even at 20m, but maybe at a staggering 23m...oh an plus Adam Johnson - at least on loan.

What is all that about? 'Well, Mr Carroll, you don't fit into my plans, you'll have to go'

'Er, Brendan, he cost us 35m'

' Never mind gaffer we'll get the loot off City if they sign Agger'

'Why do you want a winger if we are getting rid of our big man up front'

'Er, leave it with me gaffer. Trust me'

Brendan Rodgers must think Sheikh Mansour has just got off the boat. When the project began at City it was about getting excellent footballers in quickly and City being held to some sort of ransom by the ceding clubs.

The project is at least one season ahead of schedule and now all that is really needed is tinkering, or smart additions. At 10-13m in today's market I would have been interested in Agger, but at 23m did I see a giraffe go past the window?

Clearly with Carroll poised for the ejector seat, the board are presenting Rodgers with his first stern test of how life is at Anfield, with a demand to recoup some of the lost money. They will have already forgotten that they took in 50m for Torres, effectively making 15m buying Carroll at 35m. But to expect City to form part of a Merseyside book-keeping exercise? Not likely.

And now tag along the idea of taking Johnson on loan? Why would he want to go there? 'To play regular first team football' I hear said. Johnson has quickly reached the pinnacle in his career in terms of who he plays for, or doesn't play for as the case may be. He has enjoyed extraordinary wealth, but he hasn't showed the desire to kick on as is necessary in any team managed by Roberto Mancini. As a result he did not get selected for Euro 2012.

Much of that is his own doing. Manchester City is not going to pay you untold sums of money for you to stick in the bank. It is an incentive to be a winner, a champion. Manchester City are delivering to these players what they wish for and in return the players have to reciprocate and return it to sender. If anyone doesn't wish to be part of this process then the exit chute beckons. But be told Johnno. The only way is down!

If Liverpool were to send Agger to City at 13m it would be a reasonable buy and you will see the lad improve by having to contend with Kompany and Lescott. But at any price beyond that it is a case of 'keep your money in your pocket, today, guys'.




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Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 9 2012

Time: 9:35AM

Your Comments

Fully agree Ped, he would be a good acquisition but the fees being mooted are beyond ridiculous.
Bluedub
Amazing. One league title and you lot are already sounding like United fans. Rodgers can ask what he wants for the player. If he wants to ask for 60m, he can. We own the player. Either pay what we ask or do one. No need to whine like a baby because you think the price is too high.
skyrising
Eh? Wtf is that all about skyrising? There is no whining as far as I can see, just an opinion that Agger is not worth the ridiculous fee that is being mooted and the belief that we'd be better off walking away from the deal than pay that price.
Bluedub
Spot on and then some Ped. Liverpool's league nosedive is going to take some arresting and they more than need the loot.
Johnny Baguette
Yeah, I was harsh there. Apologies. Just come off another forum after arguing with a United fan and carried my attitude into here. I think Rodgers idea is that he doesnt want to lose him so he will take a chance by asking for a huge sum, knowing that the Sheikh can pay it if he wants. Agger is a top player, better than I think a lot of people realise, but he has averaged around 26 games out of 50 for us while he has been at the club, which is obviously around 50%. Even 18m is a lot to pay for a player with an injury record like that.
skyrising
@Johnny Baguette. Yes, that is true. Rodgers knows he needs cash to try to turn things around even slightly, so despite Agger being one of our top players, he is clearly thinking that 25m could buy 2 players.
skyrising
Fair enough mate, like you said Rodgers and Liverpool can set their price as high as they like but for me I wouldn't pay over 16million for him. The days of City spending crazy sums on transfers are over I believe.
Bluedub
Makes sense. Although I think he should steer clear of bringing in too many players and staff he's worked with in with him. Leslie Hughes did that at City and it ultimately didn't work out.
Johnny Baguette
Agreed Johnny, that point is being discussed at length on the LFC forums. I have absolutely no idea what to expect from this season. I know were not good enough for top 4 but anything from 5th to 10th wouldnt surprise me. The title race should be great though with City, United,Chelsea and Arsenal all in there. Unless RVP does leave Arsenal, in which case you can rule them out completely.
skyrising
I think we all agree with you there Ped, Now is the time to say we are the reigning Champions, we are in the Champions league and technically we no longer have to pay over the odds for any player. I love Adam Johnson, but he does need to buckle down to hard work to show Bob and Roy that he does have what it takes to get selected.
Buzz Lightyear
I keep hearing this "Liverpool want Adam Johnson" rumour. Is Rogers finally admitting that Downing, like Carroll was a complete waste of money? Because last I heard, Downing and Johnson are both left-footed wingers, so either Downing is sold or benched, or AJ leaves one bench for the other. Doesn't make sense to me. To be fair, Rogers is just doing what any club does with players it doesn't want to part with, ie making silly suggestions as to their worth. Trying it on? You betcha. The only problem then becomes one of who blinks first. Leave it too late and Liverpool will either end up with an unhappy player who will spend the season thinking "what if?" or they'll end up with a reduced fee and no time to spend it. Something's got to give, although I do hope we look elsewhere given Agger's injury record. great player, but no use on the treatment table.
fifthcolumnblue
As Bluedub says, if we pay anything over 16m for Agger it will be bad business for City. These figures being peddled about this morning along with loan deals for AJ enough to make me wretch on me fruit & fiber. My only worry FCB is that Bob likes to do business quickly and it seems he's already relatively concerned by the lack of transfers. This is where Marwood has to step up and close a deal at the right price (definitely <20m)
rojo2010
Marwood closing a deal at the right place? That would be a rarity.
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