Daniel Agger blames Brendan Rodgers for Liverpool exit

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Daniel Agger has been speaking again about what made him leave Liverpool last summer, hitting out at manager Brendan Rodgers for the poor treatment he received during his final few months at Anfield.

The Danish defender ended his eight-and-a-half year spell on Merseyside after taking the decision to quit the Premier League giants and rejoin former club Brondby on a two-year deal for a bargain £3 million.

Agger's surprise exit came about as a result of losing his place in the Reds' first-team as Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho established themselves as Rodgers's preferred pairing.

The arrival of fellow centre-back Dejan Lovren in August also looked like pushing the 30-year-old further down the pecking order, and forced him to push for a move away before the close of the transfer window in September.

However, one of the biggest reasons that convinced Agger his future would be better served away from Liverpool was the lack of trust he had for his manager, borne out of the constant inconsistencies in conversations held with the Northern Irishman.

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The turning point came towards the end of 2013/14 when, after winning his place back in the team and starting six consecutive games, Agger was 'rested' for the 2-1 win against West Ham last April due to a knee problem that had flared up over the past few games.

Cautious of being marginalised again, the Denmark international refused to give up his starting spot, but was reassured by Rodgers he would return to his line-up for the crucial top-of-the-table clash against title rivals Manchester City the following game.

However, when that match came around Agger - to great disappointment - found himself back on the substitutes' bench, and he'd never regain a regular berth again, adding just one more game to his total of 236 appearances for the club he served with such distinction for nearly a decade.

"On the day there was no turning back - I had to get away," he reflected in an interview with Danish publication DR Sporten. "The doctor and physical therapist told me under no circumstances should I play the match against West Ham and I said I would play – I would not give the manager an excuse to drop me for the big game against Manchester City the following week.

"The agreement was that the doctor and physiotherapist gave the manager a message, and the message back was that I would be rested against West Ham so I would be completely ready for the City clash."

It wasn't until the following pre-season that Agger finally confronted Rodgers about that cowardly conduct, and that only affirmed his fears that he could no longer trust the Liverpool manager.

"I told him: 'Listen, I do not believe that you have treated me properly'. He accepted and seemed interested," he explained. "He then returned and said he wanted to keep me, and that he needed me next year.

"It was the first time we communicated properly in a year's time. We had a damn good dialogue, but I did not really know if it was grandstanding. I felt that the words were a bit empty compared to what he had said the season before, so I did not see hope."

Reds fans: Did Brendan Rodgers make a mistake turning his back on Daniel Agger? Do you think there is still a place for the Liverpool-loving star at Anfield? Share your thoughts below…

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