Since misjudging the extent of his bizarre weight room injury and being forced to come off against Southampton, Daniel Agger has found himself on the bench with a single substitute appearance to his name. Debate continues over whether Agger has temporarily lost his place due to injury or if the form of his teammates has pushed him down the pecking order even once he's fully fit, but the cool, calm, and collected centre back seems far less phased than most about his current situation
"I was in the starting line-up for the first three games and then I have had some injury problems," Agger said to Danish outlet BT. "But, I know my body and I know that I do have problems from time to time. It happened now but that does not make me fear that I have lost my place in the team, not at all."
"The other players have done well and it is great that we have competition for places. If we want to be in the top of the league then we have to have competition for all places. I have been here for eight years and I know how it is in a club like Liverpool."
Without the glory of the League Cup to compete for and with the FA Cup not starting up for Liverpool until January, competition for those places is going to be even fiercer amongst Brendan Rodgers' back line. That the manager has switched to a 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks eases up on the competition for centre back positions, but players returning from injury could see Rodgers return to a centre back pairing that would see reduced playing time for the odd man out.
Still, Agger possesses the calmness of a man who has been through this before and knows what's what. It's largely a matter of when and not if he'll get back in the side, and given his self-described injury problems from time to time, it probably wouldn't kill him to take it easy a little while longer even if he is feeling fully fit.
In other news, Agger demonstrated the full extent of his newfound fitness by accidentally blasting a ball off a kid's face during a training session with the Danish national team. Agger sought out the poor lad to see if he was okay and immediately gave him the shirt off his back as a consolation prize for his injury. That's one hell of a way to get a souvenir.