After working tirelessly over the summer, Daniel Agger is now reaping the rewards of getting a full pre-season under his belt as he looks to prolong his best start to a campaign during his six year spell with Liverpool.
The 26-year-old Danish international has been in fine form for Kenny Dalglish's side, having started all four of the Reds' opening Barclays Premier League fixtures.
Agger's early-season performances have drawn plenty of plaudits, including from fellow compatriot, and Anfield legend Jan Molby - but the defender says there is plenty more to come from him as he is yet to hit peak form.
"The fact I got the full pre-season has helped me a lot," he said. "I feel a lot stronger, a lot better, but I still have more to come, hopefully.
"I feel I can give some more, have more to offer, so hopefully I can carry on playing games and that will help me.
"Fitness-wise I am happy right now, but as the season carries on you get more games under your belt and you get stronger, quicker and better."
A knee injury picked up at the tail end of the last campaign ended Agger's season prematurely. But having regained fitness during the summer, he's confident he is in the best possible shape to stamp his place in the first-team.
The arrival of Sebastian Coates on the eve of transfer deadline day has further strengthened Liverpool's defensive ranks, and Agger has welcomed the increased competition for places.
"I haven't seen too much of him yet, but he's a big, strong guy and I hope he will be well suited to the Premier League," he continued. "I have been here almost six years now and every year there are new players coming in and players going.
"It is normal for a big club like Liverpool to bring in players to add to the competition. Everything changes every year, so it's good to have healthy competition as we have now. It's good for the club and the players."
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