In January 2006 Liverpool completed the signing of Denmark international defender Daniel Agger, signing from Brondby for £5.8m whilst signing a four and a half year contract.
“Daniel will be one of the best centre-backs in England in the future, I am sure of that,” said Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.
“A youngster like Danny can be worked with and he can become Liverpool’s centre-back for the next 10 years.”
He quickly became one of the most popular players during his spell on Merseyside. Sadly his career was blighted by numerous injuries. His first full season at Anfield, in 2006/07, was the only time he made more than 40 appearances in a single season.
In his peak Agger was consistently being courted by top European clubs who played in the Champions League on a regular basis.
His close control and composure on the ball was amazing. He was strong in the air and had extremely quick feet. He was a ‘footballer’ and would be seen taking the ball out of defence building up the play from back.
He had such affection for the club – and affection that was reciprocated by the adoring fans. This was evident when he got the famous YNWA tattoo on his knuckles.
“I’d thought about it for a long time. As I said, I feel a part of this club and I feel a part of this city. I have been here so long now, so it was an easy decision. I am proud to be here and I think my knuckles show that.”
We have seen loyalty with Gerrard and Carragher, however this was a guy wasn’t a scouser….it wasn’t in his DNA, but with him this didn’t matter.
In August 2014 he decided to leave Anfield, finally admitting that the demands of playing at the highest level had taken their toll. Liverpool effectively facilitated his return to Denmark two years ago on compassionate grounds, allowing him to move back to his boyhood club Brondby.
Agger is a modern legend. Often missed or ignored from people’s lists of favourite players. But for me he was everything you’d expect from a centre back. This is why he made my 1st team.