It came as a shock to each and every football fan when Daniel Agger announced his retirement from professional football at the tender age of 31.
After two injury-ravaged years at boyhood club Brondby, the former Liverpool centre-back decided to call it quits.
Ex-teammates, fellow professionals and fans have since sent Agger their wishes after what must have been a difficult decision to make. Very few footballers retire at 31 years of age.
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Even Arsenal's Jack Wilshere paid homage to the Danish defender, tweeting: “Shame to hear @DanielAgger has retired. One of the toughest defenders I have played against. Congratulations on a great career!”
However, the tribute he’ll probably appreciate most is that of Steven Gerrard’s, who took to Instagram to laud his former Liverpool teammate (see below).
Class. The LA Galaxy midfielder certainly hit the nail on the head with his assessment of the type of player Agger was.
Strong, commanding and with a killer left foot, the former Denmark international had it all and enjoyed a superb career at Liverpool.
A lack of silverware is perhaps the only blemish on his eight-year stay at Anfield, but alongside Martin Skrtel, he helped form an excellent and feared centre-back partnership.
And it would appear the Slovakian half of that defensive duo is set to call time on his Liverpool career.
According to the Daily Mail, Skrtel is the subject of interest from Besiktas and looks likely to depart Merseyside this summer with a squad overhaul imminent under Jurgen Klopp.
The 31-year-old endured a frustrating campaign, losing his place to Kolo Toure late on in the 2015/16 term after missing three months through a hamstring injury.
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