Agger: Reds must raise standards
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has admitted that the first half of the club's season has been "not good enough". The Dane said the players were still feeling the embarrassment of their St Stephen's Day defeat by Stoke City after their 3-0 win at Queens Park Rangers four days later.
Speaking ahead of tonight's match against Sunderland, Agger told his team-mates it was unacceptable for a club of Liverpool's stature to mix good results with bad ones.
He said: "We are in a place where we are not happy, where we are in the table now is not good enough and we want to get higher. And the only way to get that is to get three points every week – or try to get three points every week.
"Even after the QPR victory, in the back of our heads the Stoke game was so bad. If you look at QPR alone it was a good win, but we still have that Stoke game in our heads.
"If you play for a football club like this, you need to have the motivation every single week. And if you don't have that, then you shouldn't be here."
Agger said he was baffled by Liverpool's indifferent form under manager Brendan Rodgers.
He said: "I cannot explain this. Every time you play a good game and then a bad game, it is the same question. I honestly think it is impossible to explain. It would be too easy if you could say, 'that's the problem', because then we could go and work on it. When things like that happen, it is difficult to explain." (© Daily Telegraph, London)