Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers defends ‘outstanding’ Daniel Agger
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers defends "outstanding" defender Daniel Agger after recent criticism aimed at the Denmark captain
Brendan Rodgers has launched a staunch defence of Liverpool’s Daniel Agger after the centre-half was criticised for his recent performances.
The Denmark international struggled in a 2-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion, with the defender failing to prevent Romelu Lukaku’s strike on the stroke of full-time.
The 28-year-old received such condemnation on Twitter that Agger posted a message apologising for his inept performance against the Baggies on the social networking site.
He wrote: “I agree with most of you. My performance the last 10 minutes of yesterday’s game was NOT good enough. It’s as simple as that!!!!!”
However, Rodgers is adamant that Agger has been “outstanding” for Liverpool this season despite a recent dip in form.
“He’s been outstanding this season, he has got that real warrior spirit,” said Rodgers.
“There is no blame on individuals, it’s us as a group and a team. In his last three or four games, we haven’t defended as well as a group as we had done.
“We arrived into the West Brom game with the best home defensive record in the league so it shows there’s a lot of great work going on.
“He’s one of the top European centre-halves and we’re very happy to have him here.”
Agger didn’t feature in Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League on Thursday, and Rodgers said he wanted to protect the centre-half from injury.
“We’ve had to manage Daniel all the way through the season,” he added.
“It was another example of him not coming out to make sure he was okay for the weekend game. He stayed at home and trained – he’ll be fine for the weekend.”