Some players just “get it” when they come to Anfield. Former defender Daniel Agger was one of those players, and it earned him the undying love of many Liverpool faithful. The feeling was more than mutual, as the Great Dane has gone out of his ways several times since his early departure from Merseyside to express his love for the club.
Even now, in retirement, Agger has taken his new-found time off to get a pair of Liverbirds tattooed on his knuckles (presumably because he is quickly running out of non-inked skin). And when he’s not getting his next tattoo, he occasionally comments about Liverpool.
“It’s going well so far. To be honest, I have some expectations this year, especially after last year,” Agger told the club’s official website. “Jürgen is looking good for the club, I think he’s doing well. He has some great ideas and the way he talks with the media, everything, I like.”
Agger left Liverpool after the title run of 2013/14 to return to his hometown club of Brøndby IF. Injuries and an “unappreciative” Brendan Rodgers forced his early exit form Anfield. He retired this summer, still just 31 years of age, citing an accumulation of nagging injuries that were affecting his day-to-day life. Regardless, the former captain of Denmark misses his playing days.
“It’s difficult and it’ll always be difficult. Even though I’ve just finished my career, I miss it, I really, really miss it. But at the same time I know it’s the right decision. I can come [to Anfield] with a good feeling, a smile on my lips, and enjoy it - that’s the most important thing for me. I can enjoy it but miss it at the same time.”
What a guy. For what it’s worth, we miss him too. And we all hope the current iteration of the Reds can live up to his “expectations,” which I’m sure are high.