Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Saturday August 30 2014
Daniel Agger's eight-year stay at Anfield has come to an end after the defender rejoined Brondby...
Popular centre-back Daniel Agger is no longer a Liverpool player after accepting defeat in his quest to reclaim a regular first team place at Anfield.
A key figure when fit under a succession of previous Reds managers, Agger found himself on the periphery for much of last season under Brendan Rodgers and the subsequent arrival of Dejan Lovren has pushed him further down the pecking order.
Perhaps the main surprise about Agger's departure therefore is the identity of the other club involved in the deal; despite speculation concerning moves to the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal, he has instead returned to former side Brondby.
The defender arrived from the Danish outfit for £5.8m in January 2006 and made a total of 232 appearances for the Reds.
During his time in England, Agger scored 14 goals and won the 2012 League Cup, but was also a member of the team that lost the 2007 Champions League final to AC Milan.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com about the move, Agger commented: "Liverpool have been such a big part of my life and my family's lives for so long, that leaving is extremely difficult.
"The opportunity arose for me to return home to Brondby and at this stage of my career it felt like the right decision for me.
"I wouldn't leave here to go anywhere else and that has been proven by my actions in recent seasons - I have turned down many offers to move to other Premier League and European clubs.
"I would like to thank the Liverpool supporters for the incredible backing they have given me in my time here and the warmth and generosity of spirit displayed to my family. This has been our home and somewhere we have been very happy and settled.
"However, more recently I have started to feel the effects of playing regularly in a league that is as physically demanding as the Premier League is, and I would not want to stay if I did not think that I was able to meet that challenge week in, week out.
"The club itself is very special and I shall remain a supporter for the rest of my life. I regard every game I played at Anfield as a privilege."
Rodgers added: "This is a decision Daniel has reached after much soul searching and deliberation.
"On behalf of everyone at Liverpool, I thank Daniel for his service to the club and hope he finishes his career with some happy times in Denmark."
The fee is believed to be as little as £3m with Agger also taking a substantial cut in wages to help facilitate his move home.
The experienced Danish international is joined in departing Liverpool by left-back Jack Robinson who has completed a switch to Queens Park Rangers.
The 20-year-old has penned a four-year deal at Loftus Road but will spend the rest of the currant campaign on-loan at Huddersfield Town.
The England U21 international, who made 11 first team appearances for the Reds and spent last season with Blackpool, revealed: "It was an easy decision for me to go for a new challenge. Hopefully I can do well and establish myself as a Premier League player in the future."
When fully fit and on form, there are few defenders who can match Agger's resilience and elegance when bringing the ball out from the back. Unfortunately those days have often been fleeting due to injuries and more recently selection issues, but he will be fondly remembered by everyone connected to the club. A top player who turned out to be an absolute bargain. Everyone at Vital Liverpool would like to wish both Daniel and Jack all the best in their future endeavours.
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Date:Saturday August 30 2014
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