Liverpool's second longest serving player and vice-captain, Danish captain and two-time Player of the Year, Daniel Agger has the profile of a leading player for both club and country. Why then has the player with such credentials found himself staring at the prospect of either a move away from the club to whom he has openly professed his love, or a season on the bench as fourth choice?
In truth there are several potential reasons as to why this is: a perceived susceptibility to defend against powerful forwards; a certain proneness to injury; and the fact that there are now a multitude of high-quality options available to Rodgers in the position are among these.
However, Agger is still a defender of international pedigree who has recently been linked with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, and Barcelona with whom he has consistently been linked for several years. The fact that he is still so regularly spoken of as a target for such a high calibre of clubs when his own club do not seem to value him speaks volumes of the player's talents.
The Danish captain is widely regarded as a top class defender and, more to the point, he appears to be the perfect fit for Brendan Rodgers's style of play. Agger is, without doubt, one of the most talented ball-playing defenders in the world and, out of the options currently at the Northern Irishman's disposal, only new boy Dejan Lovren can even begin to compete in terms of comfort on the ball.
So, having established that the Dane is better in possession than his counterparts, it appears that it must be due to defensive frailties that he isn't in the side but, having studied his statistics and compared them with his rivals' via the Squaka Comparison Matrix, there is no glaring weakness. In fact, his defensive score per 90 minutes comes out second to only Lovren.
Couple this with the unrivalled experience that Agger has under his belt as captain for his country and vice-captain for Liverpool, and he looks to be a valuable figure to a defensive line that has come under much criticism in recent times. Bearing in mind that Liverpool enter the Champions League group stage for the first time in five years, the fact that the 29-year-old is one of the few players to have played for the club in the tournament before could be key to any potential success in it.
In summary, Agger has a wealth of experience (only captain Steven Gerrard has been at the club for longer), bags of quality, and an undying love for donning the famous red (as is demonstrated by his YNWA tattoo), which makes him as much of an ideal candidate to partner new boy Dejan Lovren at the back as anyone.
Unfortunately, however, it looks as if he is most likely on his way out of Anfield and, if this is the case, then, much like the recent departure of long-term Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina (who similarly was a seemingly perfect fit for Rodgers's preferred system), it will be a sad end to a successful and passionate eight-year tenure on Merseyside for the Danish Dagger.
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