Daniel Agger’s start to life back in Denmark has not gone quite as planned so far, with the centre-back’s lacklustre performance in Brondby’s 2-2 Superliga draw at Esbjerg on Sunday earning him a spot in national newspaper BT’s “flop team” of the weekend.
Fellow paper Ekstra Bladet was just as harsh in its criticism, giving the former Liverpool man a rating of two out of six to make him the team’s second worst performer after ex-Bolton striker Johan Elmander, who received a one.
The match was just Agger’s second for his childhood club since his shock £3 million summer return, having featured for 71 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to local rivals FC Copenhagen last weekend, as well as for 45 minutes in Denmark’s 2-1 friendly loss to Turkey earlier this month, where his first-half spot-kick opened the scoring.
The Reds icon, who made 236 appearances during his eight-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, has been dealing with various niggling injuries in recent weeks, however, and admitted after going the full 90 minutes that he is still attempting to get up to full speed.
‘It was hard, and I was cramping at the end again,’ the hold BT.
‘It's a hard game when you've been out for so long – I'll be the first to admit. It irks me a little that I didn’t have more energy to take hold of the ball and drive forward.
‘I think I had an ok match, though, considering my condition. The negative is that I don’t feel I have the energy to be in the places I need to.
‘It’s impossible to say when I'll be in top form again,’ he added. ‘When you haven’t had a proper preseason, you constantly have to catch up, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. I am the most critical, and I shall be.’