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Daniel Agger Announces Retirement from Football: Latest Details and Reaction

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2016

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - NOVEMBER 17:  Daniel Agger of Denmark shouts instructions during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier Play-Off Second Leg match between Denmark and Sweden at Parken Stadium on November 17, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Former Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger announced his retirement from football on Thursday at the age of 31.

The ex-Brondby defender, who also represented Denmark on 71 occasions, shared the news via Twitter:

Daniel Agger @DanielAgger

Thank you for your support.A great experience.It's sad,but it is the right decision to stop. I'm proud of my career. https://t.co/Geu9y47vnN

Agger spent eight years at Liverpool, having signed for the club in 2006. During his time at Anfield, he grew into one of the Premier League’s finest defenders and won the League Cup with the Reds in 2012. Either side of his move to Merseyside, he enjoyed two spells with Brondby.

Tony Barrett of the Times was disappointed to hear the player’s career had come to an end:

Tony Barrett @TonyBarrett

Sad that Daniel Agger's career has ended so early. At his best, a very good player. https://t.co/8ZRKiBcT4Z

The finest years of Agger’s career were spent under the tutelage of Rafael Benitez at Liverpool. He made 156 appearances for the club in his time there and netted some crucial goals in the process.

This one against Chelsea, in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2007, was arguably the most important of the lot:

It was his committed defensive displays that endeared Agger to the Kop, though. In the air, the Dane was a fearsome presence, rarely getting bullied by centre-forwards. He also had the dynamism to track runs and make key tackles.

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“I miss it more than I expected," said Agger when he returned to watch the club play Swansea City in late 2014, per LFCTV (h/t Phil Kirkbride of the Liverpool Echo. "Just being back in Liverpool, in the city, has been good for me. I really miss it and after almost nine years of being here, it is good to be back.”

What ultimately hampered his progression from a very good defender into a world-class one was his injury record. 

Per James Kilpatrick of Sky Sports, the first full season Agger had at Anfield, 2006-07, was the only full campaign he played for the club, with problems keeping him on the sidelines and ultimately pushing him down the pecking order under former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Injuries had a huge impact on Agger's career.
Injuries had a huge impact on Agger's career.AFP/Getty Images

Agger was the captain of the Denmark national side up until his retirement. His team missed out on the upcoming European Championship after a playoff loss to Scandinavian rivals Sweden.

The 31-year-old has offered no inclination as to what he’ll be doing now his career is over, but as a qualified tattoo artisthe has an array of avenues to pursue. There are plenty of clubs that would surely love to have a former footballer of his calibre around.

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