Daniel Agger was sadly forced to announce his retirement, at the age of just 31, last month.
The former Denmark international said it was “the right decision to stop” following a string of injuries.
Agger will be most remembered for his eight-year spell at Liverpool, although he retired back at Brondby, but fans of the Merseyside outfit might still be wondering why the left-footed defender’s relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers broke down.
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“There was much [distance] between us, and for me it was just enough,” he told TV3 Sport, per the Telegraph, back in 2014. “I felt that he didn’t appreciate the things I could and contributed. When I feel that, then it’s time to move on.
“When you are a part of the starting eleven for several games in a row and the team have performed well, and you feel that you have played well, then you are left out of the team and don’t feel appreciated, it starts to get pray on your mind and you wonder.
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“Then at the same time you see the statistics from your game – which are so important all around the world of football – and you don’t understand why you weren’t used more often.”
Agger on the moment he and Rodgers fell out
Two years later and Agger has revealed more details about what caused their relationship to disintegrate.
He believes the turning point came on 21 September 2013, when he played on despite an injury in a match against Southampton and was at fault for a goal.
“After the game he did not speak to me,” Agger is quoted as saying by the Guardian. “Something went wrong. I was the first to admit that it was my fault. I apologised but as one of the physios said there was no need to apologise as the other 50 times that I had said that I was ready and played, even if I wasn’t fit, it had been fine. In those games one couldn’t see it but then there was this game, where I could not keep track [of my player].
“Maybe he felt that I wasn’t good enough and that Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Touré and Martin Skrtel were better then me. Then fair enough because the most important thing is for Liverpool to win football games. That’s the most important thing for me too. But in 42 days I went from being first choice and the club’s new vice-captain to be fourth choice centre-back. So I have thought a lot about it.”
Half-time row against Swansea
Agger then revealed that the situation reached boiling point at half-time in a match against Swansea City.
Rodgers criticised Agger and Martin Skrtel for allowing Wilfried Bony to have too much of the ball, prompting the Dane to hit back.
“Everyone was quiet but I stood up and said: ‘How can you stand there and say that when we are only doing what you have been going on about all week,’” Agger continued.
“Rodgers looked at me and muttered: ‘Whatever.’ I was substituted 12 minutes later.”
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