Daniel Agger tends to split opinion outside of the Liverpool fanbase. Some see him as a top Premier League centre-back, others view him however as dangerously overrated.
But I think we can all agree that the Danish stopper hasn’t quite reached the world-class-ball-playing-defender heights expected since netting his sensational debut goal for the Reds way back in 2006:
Of course, the 29 year-old comes with a lot of other qualities even if the marauding runs and 40-yard piledrivers have slipped out his game. For starters he’s the Anfield vice captain, only second to Steven Gerrard, which speaks volumes about his leadership abilities.
He also has You’ll Never Walk Alone tattooed across his knuckles, so you can’t question Agger’s commitment:
But Brendan Rodgers called on the 6 foot 3 centre-back just 16 times in a starting capacity last season – just once more than the much-maligned Kolo Toure.
The leading factor being, in my opinion at least, that Agger is prone to individual errors. He made just one less than Martin Skrtel last term in less than half the amount of game-time, as viewable below:
His handball against Stoke City on the first day of the 2013/14 campaign is a classic example (Skip to three mins):
That being said, the Danish international’s Premier League experience, now spanning nine seasons, is undoubted, and rather amazingly, he didn’t pick up a single yellow card last season, as viewable below:
But with rumours rife that Agger could be on his way to Barcelona – a deal that would suit both parties quite well at this moment in time – it seems more likely that he’ll be exiting Anfield this summer than starting for the Merseysiders next season: