Rodgers: Agger wants to stay

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed both he and defender Daniel Agger see the player remaining at the club.

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However, the future of Andy Carroll remains less favourable after the Northern Irishman admitted he would prefer to tinker with his preferred way of playing before using the England striker's obvious strengths in the air as a Plan B.

Agger has two years remaining on his contract but has been the subject of two serious enquiries from Premier League champions Manchester City.

Despite Rodgers admitting a week ago "every player has his price and we will see where it goes" he insists Agger is one he intends to keep.

"For me there has been no big change. The first point is we don't want to sell him," said Rodgers. "Secondly, I believe he will be a player who will thrive in this way of working and thirdly he doesn't want to leave - which is a great help as well.

"He is a top player and I want to keep him here. Over the last couple of months we have been able to sell the project and vision to a number of senior players. They are very happy to move forward with it and I would expect Daniel to be the same. Other reported clubs have made bids for him, which is natural, because he is a top player. But for us nothing has changed: he doesn't want to go and we don't want to sell him."

Rodgers hopes to learn in the next 48 hours whether his next two transfer targets will be coming to Anfield.

The Northern Irishman has been strongly linked with loan deals for Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, 21, and Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, 23, in the last few days.

He would not confirm those two were the players involved, but said: "I am hopeful we can bring in one or two more to help the group here. I'll find out later. We hope in the next couple of days we'll have one or two coming in. Hopefully in the next 48 hours we will find out."

Since arriving in June to replace Kenny Dalglish, Rodgers has signed striker Fabio Borini and Swansea midfielder Joe Allen - both players he has worked with previously.

It was generally acknowledged Rodgers had plenty to do to turn around the fortunes of a side who finished eighth last season, despite winning the Carling Cup and reaching the final of the FA Cup.

However, the Reds boss said that would not be achieved by throwing cash at the team - mainly because he did not have the resources to do so.

"These things take time. There has been a lot of great work going on behind the scenes enquiring about players but the reality is we didn't have the money this year," he said.

"We had a certain budget we had to work within and even to get those one or two players we had to move one or two out. That is something which doesn't worry or frustrate me, it is the real world we are in here. It just means we have to be effective with the players we have.

"If we don't have that money we have to be different in different ways and one way we can hopefully gain an edge is the way we play, controlling and dominating games.

"Everyone wants the money but you can't always have the money."

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