Daniel Agger
Daniel Agger

Liverpool have been handed a massive boost as defender Daniel Agger could be in contention for a place in the starting line-up for the weekend Premier League clash against Manchester City.

The Denmark international missed the Merseyside club's trip to Upton Park after picking a knock. Brendan Rodgers had deployed Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel in the heart of the Reds defence against the Hammers.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Agger will be back in training on Wednesday as he prepares himself to be available for the crucial tie against Manuel Pellegrini's side. The result at Anfiled this weekend can have an impact on this season's title race.

Liverpool are on a nine-match winning streak and their recent form has seen them sit on top of the league table. They have 74 points from 33 games and lead third place City by four. However, the Citizens still have two games in hand.

The Reds' home record has been impressive this season, losing only one game in the league so far. The return of Agger for the City clash will be a major boost for Rodgers as his side enter the crucial stage of this campaign.

The report claims that Liverpool players were given a two-day off after their victory over West Ham and will return to Melwood for training on Wednesday. Jose Enrique is still on the sidelines and except the Spaniard, the former Swansea boss has an entire squad fit for the league tie against City.

Sakho made his first start for Liverpool since December as the former Paris Saint-German defender was out of action due to injury. The France international impressed the Northern Irishman with his performance.

With Agger expected to be fit for the weekend fixture, Rodgers has a tough task to pick his central defenders on Sunday.

"It was a nice introduction to some parts of English football for Sakho. West Ham play a very direct game, and Andy Carroll is as good as anyone in world football when the ball is played up to him," Rodgers said.

"Sakho coped really well with it, having been out of the side for so long. But I thought both centre-backs were very good," the Liverpool manager concluded.