Daniel Agger believes he could have played more regularly for Liverpool last season, were it not for his strained relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers.
The 29-year-old centre-back made a surprise return to former club Brondby last month, having originally left the Danish side to join Liverpool in January 2006 for a £5.8 million reported fee.
He would go on to make 236 appearances during his eight-and-a-half seasons at the club, but the signings of Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren over the past two campaigns saw him fall out of contention for a regular starting place.
Featuring in 20 league games last term, the Denmark international was rumoured this summer to be moving to Napoli to reunite with Rafa Benitez, who first brought him to England, as well as with a £12 million switch to Atletico Madrid, but opted instead to take a considerable wage cut to return to the club he first joined at the age of 12.
‘I will hopefully be available as much as I can now,’ he told Danish outlet Bold.dk. ‘I was available for many matches last year. Me and the coach did not fully agree on some things, and it is he who decides. I could not [do] anything about it.
‘I could only help to win the fights I was in, and we also did almost every time. So I am hoping and hoping that I get to play more games this year.’
With Liverpool forced to accept a much lower fee than attended in order to grant his wish of a return to his homeland, Agger admitted earlier that his £3 million departure was tinged with a great deal of sadness, but the former vice-captain was still left frustrated with how his time on the pitch petered out.
‘I had many minor injuries in the completely wrong times and I must realise that it is very difficult to change the team when it wins,’ he said. ‘I am not frustrated about that. I am because of the way it happened and how it was handled.
‘We had, for example, won six or seven times in a row with me in the team, but then I was away from training for two days leading up to a match against West Ham with knee problems. Therefore I didn’t play in the game and so I was then out of the lineup.’