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DANIEL AGGER PROFILE

 

by Peter Schulz & Dave Usher

 

 

 

Date of Birth - 12/12/84

Nationality - Danish

Position - Defender

Squad Number - 5

Cost - £5m

Club Hons (Lpool) - 2006 Community Shield

Club Hons (other) - Danish Championship 2005, Danish Cup 2005

Intnl Hons - Denmark Caps

Other Clubs - Rosenhoj, Brondby

 

Left-footed central defender Daniel Agger’s short career has been meteoric so far. He made his debut for Brøndby in 2004 and helped the club win a league and cup double in his first season. The following year he was named best Danish sporting find (all sports) and within 12 months of his Brøndby debut, he lined up for Denmark against former red Jari Litmanen. Agger was solid and Denmark won 1-0 in Tampere, Finland.

 

He moved to Liverpool in January 2006 under much furore. Nobody had seen much of him apart from his appearance in Denmark’s 4-1 win against England in August 2005. Back in Denmark fans were mostly positive about the move and most saw Daniel as one of the most promising defenders of his generation. He was not to disappoint.

 

He made his debut at Anfield against Birmingham in Robbie Fowler’s comeback game and initially looked a little nervous. He was then injured in the reserves after an atrocious challenge by Everton’s Victor Anichebe and spent most of the rest of the season on the sidelines.

 

Another injury picked up at the European U21 Championships 2006 kept him out of much of the preseason, but he made a surprise return to the side in the Community Shield win against Chelsea, drawing plaudits from all sides.

 

Due to his awareness, passing ability and skill on the ball, he is often compared to former great Alan Hansen, and it is a comparison neither should be ashamed of.

 

in 2006-07 Daniel established himself alongside Jamie Carragher as first choice in the reds’ central defence, stringing together a series of excellent performances and chipping in with goals too, most notably a brilliant 30 yard strike against West Ham at Anfield and a crucial goal against Chelsea in the CL semi final win at Anfield.

 

The following campaign was again disrupted by injury, and the arrival of Martin Skrtel combined with the continued excellence of veteran Sami Hyypia meant that Agger lost his status as first choice partner for Carragher.

 

It was a frustrating time for the Dane, as he was sidelined for a long time and Skrtel established himself well during his absence. So highly rated is Daniel that despite his injury problems he was awarded a new long term contract in 2009, and the following season he regained his place in the side and began showing glimpses of the form that had excited so many people in his early days at the club.

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