Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool would listen to offers for Daniel Agger but warned Manchester City that they will have to match his price tag.
Agger has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium throughout the summer with Roberto Mancini anxious to strengthen his defensive options and provide suitable competition for Joleon Lescott.
The Premier League champions are willing pay around £18 million for the Denmark international and falls below the Reds’ valuation, which is thought to be in the £20m bracket.
Rodgers acknowledged that he would rather hold onto the 27-year-old but, with finances tight at Anfield, he conceded that every player is available for the right price.
“Every player has a price and top centre-halves are at a premium,” said Rodgers. “Thiago Silva has left AC Milan for PSG for £40million.
“He (Agger) is one of the leading players in European football, so it is going to be a big valuation.
“Is he a player I want to lose? No. He understands how I want to work and can play a real pivotal part in how I want to play.
“But I am a realist. If someone comes in with a massive bid and it is in the best interests of the club, whether it is Daniel or any other player, you have to look at it.”
Owner John W. Henry has made it clear that Rodgers won’t be afforded the same luxurious transfer budget afforded to former manager Kenny Dalglish.
With the Merseyside club’s absence from the Champions League now stretching into a third year Henry has warned the Northern Irishman that he will need to spend his money wisely.
The reality is we don’t have the money that was here,” he said.
“I don’t have a bucket load of money to go and get in a load of players.
“We have to be strategic.”