Monday 19 February 2018

Daniel Agger reveals details of confrontation with Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool

Daniel Agger chats with Brendan Rodgers during their days at Liverpool
Daniel Agger chats with Brendan Rodgers during their days at Liverpool

Mark Critchley

Daniel Agger has criticised Roy Hodgson’s "uninspiring" training methods while recalling his experiences of working under three former Liverpool managers.

Agger, 31, retired from playing football last month after a successful yet injury-ravaged career, which he ended with boyhood club Brondby.

The former Denmark defender spent eight years at Liverpool, playing under four different managers, and remained a supporter of the club after his departure in 2014.

While hailing Rafael Benitez as “the best tactician I have played for”, Agger did not enjoy his time working under Hodgson, Benitez’s successor.

“I completely lost my desire to come to work because his training sessions were really hard to get through.

“Not physically but mentally. It was the same and the same and the same. Day in and day out,” he told Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper, in quotes published by The Guardian.

“Often we had eight forwards playing against me and Martin Skrtel,” he added.

“Skrtel and I had a really hard training session as we were defending against eight with two but the eight players attacking were just faffing around. They had hardly run a kilometre and it was so uninspiring.”

Agger was consistently linked with a move away from Merseyside during Hodgson's tenure until the former Fulham manager was sacked in January 2011, just seven months after his appointment.

Hodgson was appointed as manager of England just over a year later, a role he stepped down from last month after elimination from this summer's European Championships at the hands of Iceland.

Agger also revealed that he often did not see eye-to-eye with Brendan Rodgers during his final season at Liverpool.

The Dane often found himself on the substitutes bench during the 2013/14 campaign, as Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Touré were preferred in the centre of defence.

After he was criticised for his first-half display during a 4-3 home win over Swansea City in February 2014, Agger confronted Rodgers.

“Everyone was quiet but I stood up and said: ‘How can you stand there and say that when we are only doing what you have been going on about all week,’” Agger said.

“Rodgers looked at me and muttered: ‘Whatever.’ I was substituted 12 minutes later.”

Agger has previously attributed his departure from Anfield to Rodgers, yet described the Northern Irishman as an "incredibly talented man".

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