Daniel Agger appointed as Liverpool vice-captain

Agger named Liverpool vice-captain
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers appoints defender Daniel Agger as the club's new vice-captain.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dispelled suggestions that defender Daniel Agger could leave Anfield this summer by appointing him as the club's new vice-captain.

The Denmark international has been the subject of reported interest from Barcelona, who are said to have had a £15m bid rejected by the Merseyside outfit this week.

Despite the rumours surrounding the defender's future, Rodgers has opted to place him as Steven Gerrard's second man following the retirement of Jamie Carragher at the end of last season.

"The job of the captain and vice-captain here at Liverpool is very, very important," Rodgers told the club's official website. "I wanted to give myself time over the course of the pre-season to assess a number of the players and obviously Daniel was one of them.

"His loyalty and his passion for Liverpool is second to none. And if you add that on to his footballing qualities, then I think it's a good choice for everybody."

The 28-year-old has made 209 appearances, netting 12 goals, since moving to Anfield from Brondby in 2006.

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