As we Liverpool supporters bid our time this international break, dreaming of ending the season with one (or more!) crowning achievements, we can take time to remember past glories and the players who helped bring them to us. That’s the idea, at least, as former Liverpool stars take on their counterparts from AC Milan, Milan Glorie, at Anfield, 3 PM GMT.
AC Milan played a crucial role in Liverpool’s last mini-resurgence, with the two sides facing off twice in three years in Champions League finals. Daniel Agger played in the 2007 rendition, which saw Milan getting revenge from two years earlier. Despite Agger’s limited trophy haul with the club (although he was on the last Liverpool side to win a trophy), the Danish defender is still fondly remembered by Reds, and the feeling is more than returned from the Dane.
And Agger is excited about once again kicking off at Anfield.
“Just to be here is good, you know, but to be on the pitch is even better. I’m not sure how long I’ll last, but I’ll give it a go!” Agger told the club’s official website.
“There’s so many memories, good memories, and to play football in this stadium again is something that all of us enjoy.
“We come back to watch, but to be there ourselves is even better - even though we know we can’t really perform the way we want to. But just to be there is enough.
“I haven’t played for a long time, my body is not that good but it’s only one game and you give it everything you have.”
Agger, tragically, was one of those players with constant and reoccurring injuries that limited his career, especially in later years. He had to leave the rough and tumble of the Premier League at just 29-years-old, returning for 2 seasons with his boyhood club of Brøndby in the Danish Superliga, before retiring at 31.
Still, his passion for the game—and especially for his clubs—was never in doubt, and it will be a welcome sight to see him lace up his boots and step out onto the Anfield pitch one more time.