Agger was substituted after 63 minutes of Sunday’s 4-3 win over Swansea with the Liverpool manager later confirming he did not think the Denmark captain was up to coping with the physical presence of Wilfried Bony in the visitor’s attack.

Kolo Toure, whose high-profile errors in recent weeks had left him exposed to ridicule, replaced Agger, who must now wait to discover whether he will remain on the sidelines.

The downturn in the fortunes of Agger, who has just returned from a month out with a calf injury, is remarkable given Liverpool rejected bids of £20million from Manchester City in 2012 and £15m from Barcelona last summer for him.

Rodgers has long since been unconvinced that Agger and Martin Skrtel can form a trustworthy partnership and with, the latter having impressed in the main this season, it is the Dane who seems most at risk.

Liverpool travel to Southampton at the weekend for a pivotal game when Rickie Lambert will lead the Saints’ frontline and Rodgers, hardly spoilt for chance defensively, now faces a key decision on whether to stick with Toure.