100% Aerial duels won, 13 clearances - Liverpool defender shines against Hull

Daniel Agger

Daniel Agger has struggled for game-time this season but the Dane shone against Hull on New Year's Day, scoring once and also shining in defence.

We are used to seeing Luis Suarez run the show for Liverpool these days.

And against Hull City, it was no different, with the Uruguayan generally wreaking havoc for the Tigers and netting the second goal in a 2-0 win for the Reds.

But, for once, Suarez was outshone - and by a defender, no less.

Indeed, it was Daniel Agger who got the Liverpool fans' vote as man of the match during their victory over Steve Bruce's side. And his impressive match stats tell you it was an inspired choice.

In defence, Agger won 87.5% of his duels with Hull players. Even better, though, was his aerial duels percentage: he didn't lose a single one.

The Dane's passing was no worse, with Agger completing 89.6% of his 67 passes during the 90 minutes, while he also made a sizeable 13 clearances.

And the 29-year-old's contribution didn't stop there, as Agger netted Liverpool's opener, undoubtedly the turning point of the match.

It seems boss Brendan Rodgers made the right call starting Agger for the second game in a row, then, this time in his preferred centre-back position.

But will the Liverpool manager persist with the Dane's selection?

On Wednesday's evidence, it might be a wise option to consider, especially with Mamadou Sakho looking shaky at the back in recent weeks.

For now, however, bravo Daniel Agger. This truly was a man-of-the-match performance.

image: © kong niffe

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