Rodgers gives Agger backing

Liverpool vice-captain Daniel Agger retains the faith of manager Brendan Rodgers despite increased speculation over his long-term future.

There has been a lot of spotlight, unfairly, on Dan this week. What happened to Daniel was no different to what happened to any player.

Just because it's a defender, it maybe gets highlighted a bit more, but we made the change and we won the game.

It's no different to a winger coming off, or a striker or a midfield player.

I don't judge players on the status of where they are in the group - it's what I think the game needs at a certain time.

We made the change and Dan has taken it like the man he is.

He has been outstanding in training this week and he will play on Saturday, no question about that.

– Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers