Following a blistering and successful campaign last season, the Reds embarked on a summer overhaul in a bid to juggle another prospected title challenge and the rigours of European football.
Eight new players joined the club for a combined amount topping the £115 million mark, but their arrivals haven’t compensated for the loss of those who departed.
Luis Suarez was always going to be a tough act to follow, but from a defensive perspective the loss of Daniel Agger has been almost as costly for Brenan Rodgers’ side.
“Quite apart from Luis Suarez, I can’t understand why Daniel Agger left in the summer,” Ince was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.
“I thought he was fantastic and left-sided centre-halves are priceless. Instead of spending £20million on Dejan Lovren, they could have saved the money.”
The Danish international was allowed to join Brondby for a reported £3 million and was replaced with £20 million man Dejan Lovren – a decision which appears more startling with each passing week.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Anfield outfit unmistakably performed better when Agger was patrolling the backline.
Lovren individually has the better results, outperforming Agger with a higher number of tackles, interceptions and effective clearances per match.
However, the Croatian international is far less reliable, demonstrated by his higher error count leading to shots and the Reds’ poor defensive record with him at the back.
Brendan Rodgers’s side were arguably at their best with Agger in the XI, conceding just 0.8 goals per match and keeping an impressive total of eight clean sheets during his 20 appearances.