Ian Rush: Liverpool miss Daniel Agger

Daniel Agger

The former Reds striker said that the Dane’s ability to start attacks from the back was a feature the Merseysiders now missed.

Liverpool’s form has improved significantly since Brendan Rodgers opted to switch to three central defenders, with Emre Can, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho the preferred options in the Reds’ rearguard.

The club sold Daniel Agger in the summer,  as reported by The Telegraph, with the Dane returning to former club Brondby despite having the ability to continue playing in the Premier League.

Emre Can has replicated the Scandinavian’s ability to start Liverpool attacks from deep with his array of passing, but Ian Rush believes that Agger’s departure has hurt the club.

The former Merseyside hero has stated that although Agger’s defensive qualities could be questionable at times, his ability on the ball is something that the team now lack.

"Liverpool certainly miss Daniel Agger,” Danish newspaper BT quote Rush as saying.

“Not so much for his defensive work, but more for his offensive skills. He was one of those rare attacking defenders who gave Liverpool some unique opportunities.

"Defending was not his greatest strength. However, it was his ability to carry the ball forward - either by strong passes or even to run with it.”

Agger played over 200 Premier League games for the Merseyside giants and formed a solid partnership with Skrtel over his eight years in England.

Rush’s comments are somewhat strange given Can’s ability on the ball and showings in recent weeks, with the German midfielder slotting into the team’s defence and orchestrating play from deep.

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