Liverpool favourite Jan Molby has heaped praise on defender Daniel Agger following a string of fine performances from the Dane this season.

Agger partnered Jamie Carragher at the heart of the Reds defence which kept Arsenal at bay at the Emirates Stadium, and also which led the team to victory over Bolton Wanderers.

The 26-year-old followed up his impressive club showings with a solid performance for his country during the mid-week victory over Norway, leaving Molby with nothing but praise to offer to the centre-back.

"Daniel Agger is in the form of his life, and on Tuesday night he was head and shoulders above anyone else," Molby said.

"He looks fitter than ever before, and now he has that assurance he seems to be growing in confidence every week.

"If he can keep this level of fitness then I have no doubt that he will establish himself as one of the best defenders of his type in Europe.

 

"I've always believed that when he plays well, Liverpool play well. And he is playing well right now, that's for sure."

Kenny Dalglish's side travel to Stoke City this weekend, and will need to be at their best to quell the threat of Stoke's direct style, an attack which will be spearheaded by former striker Peter Crouch.

Molby says the challenge is one of the tough Dalglish has been faced with in his second spell as manager.

"It will be a tough examination, and one which may tell us a lot about this Liverpool team, but I believe this side is much better equipped to deal with the threat of Stoke," he added.

"We all know what kind of threat that is. Stoke will use the throws of Rory Delap, the physicality of Kenwyne Jones and the height of Peter Crouch. They will get the ball wide and look to put Liverpool under pressure.

"Kenny will be relieved to have options in his defence with Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates competing for places with Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger."

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