Daniel Agger's transfer back to his first club, Brondby, moved incredibly swiftly and was confirmed today by Liverpool FC. After eight years on Merseyside, the centre back will be moving back to Denmark. It seems far too early to be saying he'll be seeing out the remainder of his career at Brondby given that he's only twenty-nine, but with the loyalty on display in his parting message it seems foolhardy to suggest anything else.
"Liverpool have been such a big part of my life and my family's lives for so long, that leaving is extremely difficult," Agger told the club's website. "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."
Agger turned down bids from Manchester City and Barcelona during some pretty dark seasons at Anfield, demonstrating the extreme loyalty that has always been a major part of the player's appeal for fans. But the injuries over the years have taken their toll, and were a consideration in the Dane's move away from the Premiere League.
"This has been our home and somewhere we have been very happy and settled," he explained. "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. "
While certainly a fair point, it's sad to think Agger himself believes it's possible he might not be up to the physical challenge of the power of the Premier League should he start playing again.
"I would like to thank the Liverpool supporters for the incredible backing they have given me in my time here," Agger concluded, "and the warmth and generosity of spirit displayed to my family. 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."
Agger made 232 appearances for Liverpool in which he scored fourteen goals and won the League Cup in 2012. We'll certainly have more to say on this transfer later on, but for now we wish to thank Daniel Agger for his lengthy run at Liverpool FC and wish him nothing but the best back home in Denmark.