Denmark international Daniel Agger has claimed that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not appreciate him during their time together at the club.
Daniel Agger was evidently not part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans last season. The Danish defender was sold to Brondby during the summer after spending eight years at Anfield for a cut-price. Agger has now revealed that he left the Anfield because he could no longer get on with Rodgers.
“Let me put it this way, me and the manager were perhaps not on the same page last season. For most the season at least,” said Agger
“He and I maybe went wrong with each other because I am very direct. I say things as they are, so I expect people will be the same to me. Maybe it’s wrong to expect this sometimes. There was much (distance) between us, and for me it was just enough. I felt that he didn’t appreciate the things I could and contributed. When I feel that, then it’s time to move on”
Agger said that he became frustrated after he was dropped after performing well for the club.
“When you are a part of the starting eleven for several games in a row and the team have performed well, and you feel that you have played well, then you are left out of the team and don’t feel appreciated, it starts to get pray on your mind and you wonder.
“Then at the same time you see the statistics from your game – which are so important all around the world of football- and you don’t understand why you weren’t used more often.”
Agger however, didn’t refute Rodgers’ coaching abilities.
“I think he is an incredibly talented manager. You can’t take that away from him. He’s good in the way he trains and he is clever in the way he sets the team up. He’s an extremely, extremely competent coach.”
“The things that went wrong between us is that I say things the way they are and I expect others to treat me the same way. Maybe it is wrong to always expect this.”
One thing is for sure, with Liverpool’s weak defensive outings in the first five Premier League games, Brendan Rodgers must be hoping he had someone of his experience and ability in the squad to get things going.