The Danish centre back has been unable to force his way back into the Liverpool first team after recovering from a rib injury he picked up earlier in the season.
Lawrenson has suggested that should be very worrying for the club, especially as they are currently using a system that is based around three central defenders in the heart of the defence.
“If I was Daniel Agger, I’d be getting a little bit concerned. From being named vice-captain before the start of the season, now the Dane cannot force his way back into the starting line-up despite Liverpool operating with three centre-backs,” he writes in the Liverpool Daily Post.
It’s a fair point from the former Liverpool favourite but rather than the suggestion that Agger’s not good enough to break back into the team, he’s just been a bit unfortunate.
Other players were presented with a chance when Agger was unavailable and they have taken their chances but that doesn’t mean Brendan Rodgers looks at the Dane any differently to when he first used him at the start of this season.
Thomas Vermaelen at Arsenal is an almost replica example. A player of extreme quality who cannot get back into the side due to the consistency and quality of the players who have been used in his absence.
Agger remains one of the best central defenders at Liverpool but Rodgers is not going to change something for the sake of it, especially when the side is performing well and maintaining a good start to the season.
“Agger’s problem is that he has proven to be injury prone and has the body of an office worker rather than a footballer. If I was him, I’d be hammering the weights in the gym every day,” added Lawrenson.
That’s another fair point and Agger definitely has the opportunity at the moment to work hard physically to reduce the chances that he’ll pick up another injury when he eventually gets back into the team.
The long and short of it is that there is no need for Liverpool to be worried about Agger and there is no need for the player to worry about his role at the club as Lawrenson suggests.
Agger is a top quality defender and a solid ball player. He’ll get back into the team at some point and then it’s down to him to produce the form which guarantees him a place in the side over a busy winter period and a difficult second half of the season.
What do you think Liverpool fans? Should either party be getting a bit twitchy?
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