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Liverpool Transfer News: Daniel Agger Right to Reject Latest Loan Discussions

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Daniel Agger of Liverpool moves away from Robert Koren of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield on January 1, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2014

With two consecutive victories, Liverpool are gaining momentum as they continue to fight for the highly sought-after Champions League places.

The Reds currently sit in the fourth position of the 2013-14 Premier League table with 39 points, trailing only Chelsea (43 points), Man City (44) and Arsenal (45). However, rumors surrounding Daniel Agger continue to swarm around the team.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Daniel Agger of Liverpool goes off to receive treatment during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Liverpool and Oldham Athletic at Anfield on January 5, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty
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Reports that Napoli and head man Rafael Benitez were looking to snatch Agger on a loan deal until the end of the season emerged recently.

On the surface, it makes some sense because Benitez brought Agger to Anfield in 2006 and this season Agger has struggled to earn playing time for the Reds thanks to injuries and the arrival of Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Mike Petrasso of Oldham goes past Daniel Agger of Liverpool during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Liverpool and Oldham Athletic at Anfield on January 5, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/G
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Despite the reports and the crippling news that Agger may miss a month of action with a calf injury, the defender publicly rejected the notion that he will be joining Napoli.

However, it’s not just Agger’s willingness to remain with Liverpool that should encourage fans of the Reds, it is his reasoning behind his quick public rejection of the rumors.

Agger recently told David Maddock of Mirror Football that he believes Liverpool have what it takes to win a title and he wants to be a part of it:

There is a much different atmosphere in the dressing room—it’s like we truly believe that we are going to win and that is not something that we have done in the last couple of years. We are winning games, playing some great football and scoring a lot of goals. We’ve proven that we can challenge.

The fact that Agger appears ready to stay at Liverpool and fight for his spot when he returns from injury, even in the face of interest from Napoli, because he believes in the team is exactly what Reds fans should want to see.

He is a vice-captain of the club and needs to set this type of leadership tone if Liverpool are going to challenge the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City going forward.

A reunion with Benitez is certainly intriguing, but don’t look for Agger to go anywhere as he attempts to heal his calf injury and return to the pitch for the Reds.

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