Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he never intended to play Daniel Agger in Thursday night's Europa League win over FC Gomel as speculation about the defender's future continues.
It had been reported on Thursday afternoon that Agger was carrying a knock and was not being risked by Rodgers for the game in Belarus, which the Reds won 1-0.
Agent Per Steffensen later insisted his client was "not injured in any way" and said only the club and Rodgers could answer why he had been left out of the squad.
And the former Swansea boss insists Agger's omission was motivated by previous injury problems.
"The plan was always for Daniel to stay behind," said Rodgers.
"Everyone knows his history of injuries. He came back to pre-season training after everyone else and is still not up to speed.
"He is fit, but I have to make sure he is up to speed before he plays, because everyone knows his history with injuries."
Barcelona, Manchester City, and Napoli have all shown interest in the Denmark international in recent weeks, with City said to have failed with two bids for the 27-year-old in the past week.
Real Madrid have also been linked with Agger.
Per Steffensen on Thursday evening had told Politiken: "Liverpool will have to answer to whether they have received any offers.
"But the reports of Agger handing in a transfer request are purely nonsense. He is very happy at Liverpool."
Agger has two years left on his existing contract with the Merseysiders and Steffensen has also claimed no extension discussions have taken place.
"We have not heard from Liverpool with regards to a contract extension," he said.