Liverpool's vice-captain has been a notable absence from the starting line-up in recent games.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has said that he would like to be part of a side that got Liverpool back into the Champions League this season though, first of all, the Liverpool deputy captain may want to win his place back in the Reds’ starting XI.
Agger has been absent since a freak injury in the gym led to his omission from Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City after the last international break.
Ever since, Mamadou Sakho seems to be the man who has taken Agger’s place in the side as the left-footed centre-half who likes to have the ball at his feet.
Agger, meanwhile, has been restricted to two appearances. One against Southampton, when Brendan Rodgers opted to play four centre-halves and the Dane departed the field early after sustaining a rib injury, and the other when replacing Sakho in a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace midway through the second half.
Though the circumstances surrounding Agger losing his place in the side – by trying to prevent a dumbbell falling onto him – is both bizarre and unfortunate it is important to note that Sakho deserves his credit for taking his chance and forcing Agger to sit on the bench at Liverpool.
What must Agger do to get back into the Liverpool side?
Well, it is a difficult one really. It is doubtful Rodgers will want to be a tinker man with his back line as it doesn’t seem to be his style, and the thought of having two of the centre-halves being left-footed brings about issues of inbalance.
Agger may have to be patient to get back into the Liverpool side, whether that be just through hard work on the training ground, or one of Sakho, Martin Skrtel or Kolo Toure to suffer a loss of form.
Critics of Agger have scrutinised his positioning closely at times and that he hasn’t been as strong as many would have liked him to, the latter part which seems to have been demonstrated by all members of Liverpool’s current back three.
Maybe if Agger works on his strength against the more powerful players, it might be easier for him to reclaim and hold down his place in the side.
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