LIVERPOOL are determined to fight to keep Daniel Agger at Anfield after Barcelona expressed an interest in the Danish centre-back.
The 27-year-old defender, who is with the Reds in Boston on their pre-season tour, caught the eye of new Barca coach Tito Vilanova with his outstanding performances at Euro 2012.
The Catalan giants are understood to be considering a bid for Agger who has also been linked with Real Madrid since the championships in Poland and Ukraine.
However, Liverpool have no interest in selling Agger and remain hopeful he will commit to a new contract.
His current deal expires in 2014 and new boss Brendan Rodgers recently spoke about his excitement at working with the talented Dane and the importance of securing his long-term future.
Agger formed a successful double act with Martin Skrtel last season and Rodgers doesn’t want that defensive partnership to be broken up.
Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted his desire to take Reds striker Andy Carroll back to St James’ Park. The North East outfit failed in a bid to land Carroll on loan last weekend and are considering their next move.
Liverpool are only willing to listen to permanent offers for the record signing who doesn’t fit into Rodgers’ plans.
The Reds are resigned to taking a hit on the £35million they paid Newcastle just 18 months ago but would look to recoup around £20million.
“That whole process is a little bit more involved with the chairman and the board at Liverpool,” said Pardew.
“We’ve got a great team here, a great squad, and if Andy Carroll comes it’ll only add to us.
“It’s been said that he’s available and if we’re involved then we’ll be involved because of the figures, not anything else, because we know he’s good enough. I’m slightly detached from it.”