Napoil boss Benitez launches January loan bid for Liverpool's Agger
Liverpool have been flying high in recent weeks and the defensive unit continues to be a revolving mixture of new and old faces as well as resurgent ones.
However, one of the faces that has been missing for much of the last two months is vice-captain Daniel Agger.
The 29-year-old Dane was injured in a freak accident back in September allowing Martin Skrtel to snag a start in the league and the Slovakian has never looked back leaving his former defensive partner to fight for a place amongst Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho.
Expected to have taken up the vice-captaincy torch that Jamie Carragher retired from, Agger unfortunately has not been his best this season and manager Brendan Rodgers used Luis Suarez as the stand-in captain over the weekend against Tottenham as Sakho was chosen in the place of Agger alongside of Skrtel.
In November Agger was quoted as stating he would fight for his place by ESPN:
"It is difficult to describe but I want to play all the time, every single game.
When you are not playing, that is difficult. But while that is sad, I just try to work even harder every single day in training -- not complaining, just doing everything a bit extra.
I am more than capable of being in the team -- I feel I belong there -- but it is the manager's decision and sometimes that is difficult to change in training.
You need to grab the chance when it is there -- that is what football is all about.
I know I am here and as long as I am doing everything I can to be in that team, and I feel I am good enough and the manager can use me, then I'll be here."
With Agger looking for regular first team action, it has been reported that his former manager Rafael Benitez of Napoli has switched his loan interest in Skrtel for a new interest in Agger according to further reports from ESPN.
The Christmas fixture congestion is likely to see Agger get a chance in the first team before the end of the year and he could yet turn around his fortunes with some strong showings.