Liverpool are set to reject an offer from Napoli to take Daniel Agger on loan for the remainder of the season after Rafa Benitez reportedly made bid for the defender.
The Spanish manager has spoken of his admiration for Agger amongst a group of Liverpool players he has worked with in the past and Napoli have reportedly made their interest in the Denmark international serious with a bid to take him on loan for the rest of the season.
ESPN reports that the Serie A side are determined to tempt Agger into a move but Liverpool are more than likely to turn down such an offer, particularly after the vice-captain said no to a move to Barcelona in the summer and reaffirmed his commitment to Brendan Rodgers.
As the Reds are currently sitting in second place in the table Agger has featured for the side 13 times this season to help them to a wildly successful start.
He publicly said he didn't want a move to Barcelona in the summer and wanted to fight for his place at Liverpool amongst a host of defensive signings.
"Everyone at the club is an integral part of my life," he told reporters at the time. "I have a You'll Never Walk Alone tattoo. I don't mind if we don't finish in the top four. I love the club."
The comments certainly endeared fans to Agger even more, especially considering that at the time Luis Suarez was publicly pushing for an exit from the club.
And although Benitez might have been hopeful to convince Agger that Champions League football and a push for the Scudetto would be a better challenge than Liverpool can currently offer, Liverpool will be keen to retain the Dane's services to strengthen their hopes of crashing the Premier League top four.