Liverpool have confirmed that Daniel Agger has completed a move back to Brondby after nearly nine years at the club. The Dane moves for an undisclosed fee after not starting either of the Reds first two league games.
The central defender was signed by then manager Rafael Benitez in January 2006 for a fee of £5.8 million and was appointed vice captain following the retirement of Jamie Carragher in 2013.
Struggles under Rodgers
Despite that appointment he has struggled to hold down a starting place under Brendan Rodgers. Last season Mamadou Sakho appeared to move ahead of Agger as a first choice partner for Martin Skrtel, and with the further addition of Dejan Lovren from Southampton over the summer, his opportunities for first team football may have been limited.
After an Anfield career ravaged by injuries Agger told the clubs official website that he did not believe his body could cope with playing regularly in a league a physically demanding as the Premier League. The impact of those physical demands is apparent, as in eight-and-a-half seasons he managed only 232 appearances for Liverpool, an average of only 27 per season.
Liverpool fans will be sad to see him go
Liverpool fans will nevertheless be sad to see the departure of such a long-serving player. His loyalty to the club was never questioned as he turned down a number of offers to move on in recent transfer windows, with Barcelona, Manchester City and Arsenal all mooted as possible suitors.
In the modern game it is the kind of loyalty rarely seen, but prized by Liverpool fans. Rodgers praised the defenders love for the club, describing his relationship with the fans as “unique”.
The Dane returns to his boyhood club with the letters “Y.N.W.A.” tattooed across his knuckles, a reference to the Kops famous anthem, and with that, unquestionably the affection and gratitude of Reds fans.