Daniel Agger: Liverpool shouldn’t have let Sunderland into the game

Liverpool centre-half Daniel Agger admits it was "unnecessary to let Sunderland into the game" after a tense 2-1 win

Liverpool vice-captain Daniel Agger Photo: Liverpool FC

Daniel Agger admitted Liverpool shouldn’t have let Sunderland back into the game after a nervy 2-1 win at Anfield on Wednesday.

The Reds appeared to be in complete control after Steven Gerrard scored a first-half free-kick before Daniel Sturridge doubled the home side’s lead with 42 minutes remaining.

I think we had them under control in the first half, and we should have continued like that. But that’s football

Daniel Agger

However, Liverpool, who are currently second, took their foot off the pedal and Sunderland halved the deficit courtesy of Ki Yueng-Seung’s close-range finish.

Brendan Rodgers’s men clung on amid increased pressure from the Black Cats, and Liverpool vice-captain Agger was satisfied with the victory.

“At the end of the day it was three points and that was exactly what we came for,” Agger told Liverpool’s website.

“We wanted to close the game earlier – it was unnecessary to let them into the game.

“But sometimes it’s like that and you have to defend and we did that. We didn’t keep the ball that well compared to the first half.

“I think we had them under control in the first half, and we should have continued like that. But that’s football.

“Every game we go into, we believe we can win. But we don’t look further ahead – we look to the next game and try to go out and win that. It’s actually quite simple – don’t look ahead. Look at what’s in front of you.

“There’s a lot of good players – not only the 11 starters, there’s quality in the whole squad and I think in the past we’ve missed that.

Everybody coming into the game can change the game and that’s important.”

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