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Benitez plans Agger offer

Liverpool boss thinking about new deal for centre-back

Last Updated: 23/09/08 9:16am

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Agger: Set for Crewe outing

Agger: Set for Crewe outing

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Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez insists he intends to offer centre-back Daniel Agger a new contract at Anfield.

The Denmark international has 18 months remaining on his current deal on Merseyside and has yet to be offered new terms.

Agger missed almost all of last season with a foot injury and he has since been unable to dislodge Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel from Benitez's regular first-team plans.

The 23-year-old has been included in the Reds' UEFA Champions League squad ahead of veteran Sami Hyypia and, after seeing his side begin the group stages with a victory in Marseille last week, Benitez has revealed he is eager to secure Agger's services for the long-term.

"I was on the flight to Marseille last week and thinking about how we needed to offer him (Agger) a new contract," Benitez said in the Daily Mirror.

Impress

And Benitez is set to give Agger the chance to impress against Crewe in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.

"I've been talking to Daniel and he is ready, focused and really happy here," Benitez added.

"I'm really pleased with him and have a lot of confidence in him, but he knows Carra and Skrtel are playing well and that maybe he needs to wait because the understanding between them has been good.

"I have said Daniel is one of the best centre-backs we have when he is fit and, if he is, it will be difficult for me.

"He is a very good attacking centre-back when we are playing at Anfield, but he needs games."

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