Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Daniel Agger wrote an open letter to Liverpool fans on Monday, following his move to former club Brondby.
Agger spoke of his love for the club and its fans in a classy goodbye, per the Liverpool Echo:
I’ll start by saying that Liverpool fans constantly keep surprising me. Since the news broke about the transfer, I have received so many positive messages and well-wishing for the future – not just from supporters in Liverpool but across the world.
My family and I have always felt your backing, it is something unique to this football club, this city and our supporters – it’s been a privilege to have represented this club and I’m forever thankful for everything I have learnt during my time here.
[...] I’ve been honoured to live in this close knit city and my experiences as a Liverpudlian are unforgettable. I’d finally like to wish the club all the best for this season. I’ll be supporting you every step of the way, as will millions of others. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
The summer transfer window has been filled with speculation regarding the future of long-time Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, but on Saturday, the Reds announced the Denmark international will return to his former club, Brondby.
Liverpool continued with a statement from Agger discussing his departure:
Agger: “LFC have been such a big part of my life, that leaving is extremely difficult.” #YNWADaniel— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 30, 2014
Agger: “I have turned down many offers to move to other Premier League and European clubs.” #YNWADaniel— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 30, 2014
Liverpool also relayed a statement from manager Brendan Rodgers:
Agger joined Liverpool in 2006 and quickly emerged as the club's most consistent defender, but the 29-year-old saw a significant drop in playing time over the course of the last two seasons.
The acquisitions of Mamadou Sakho last season and Dejan Lovren during the 2014 summer window made it clear Rodgers is overhauling his defence, and Agger was quoted in the Danish media (h/t the Liverpool Echo's Joe Rimmer) saying he wasn't interested in another season on the bench:
It is no secret that I had problems last season and I am considering things. How things turned out last season is not acceptable for me. I am here now and it is up to me to show the coach that I should play.
Agger's 2013-14 campaign wasn't his greatest, and he only started 16 Premier League games, per WhoScored.com.
However, the fact he was only beaten in a one-on-one situation 0.3 times per match indicates his defensive skills are still intact. The Dane is also still one of the cleanest tacklers in the game, not picking up a single booking all season.
His proficiency as a passer from the back makes him an excellent fit for his former club.
The Liverpool Echo's Jay Riley was hopeful Agger would stay at the club for at least one more season:
Its quite well known that #LFC would be willing to let Pepe Reina & Daniel Agger leave, but personally I'd keep both with having CL football— Jay Riley (@Jay_78_) July 25, 2014
Fans will have to get used to not seeing the massive Dane anchor the back line for the Reds, but after a marriage that lasted almost a decade, the summer of 2014 seemed like the perfect time for both parties to go their separate ways.
In Lovren, Liverpool have a more-than-adequate replacement with the Premier League experience necessary to make a smooth transition.