It’s always sad when a former Liverpool player has to retire from football early. However when a player like former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger announces his retirement at the age of 31 it really strikes a chord. He was our very own Viking legend.
“Thank you for your support. A great experience. It’s sad, but it is the right decision to stop. I’m proud of my career.”
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. Liverpool actually rejecting an offer of £18m from Man City in 2012. It was that season that he formed a formidable partnership with Martin Skrtel. This st the time was seen as the best defensive partnership in Europe.
Heir to Hansen’s throne..
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 the back.
Something Klopp would love now and something Liverpool hadn’t had since the glory days with Alan Hansen!! There was talk of him moving into a defensive midfield position. I firmly believe with time he would have been superb in this position.
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.
It’s rare to see a player have so much loyalty towards a club. He was part of the family and that’s all that mattered.
“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 you wasn’t a scouser….it wasn’t in his DNA, but with him this didn’t matter.
Move back to Brondby..
However 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.
“It has been difficult, I’ve had doubts until the end. But I’m in no doubt that it is the right decision.”
“Fortunately, I had many options, which is positive, and that confirmed to me, that my level was still acceptable.”
“Offers reported in the media, especially from Turkey, have been something I’ve thought a lot about.”
“This isn’t something I’ve done over night. But time after time when I’ve thought it through I’ve thought ‘hell no’, I’m not letting my level drop, I’m not falling any further, it’s important to stop while I’m still ahead.”