Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has picked his all-time best XI from his past and current teammates, both at club level and with the Brazilian national team, the Daily Mail report.
Having joined the Reds as a youngster in the summer of 2007, the former Gremio academy product has seen a host of top names come and go at Anfield.
Yet, his all-time XI only featured five players who have donned the Reds’ shirt, although one is a defender Brendan Rodgers deemed no longer good enough despite his evident ability – Daniel Agger.
“I think he has everything as a defender. He was so good on the ball and could drive the team forward but he was also so aggressive and strong. When he has the ball he has the quality to get the team playing,” Lucas said of the Danish international centre-half.
Agger joined the Reds in the summer of 2006 and gradually established himself in the first-team, appearing 35 times in the Premier League during Brendan Rodgers' debut campaign at Anfield.
His understanding and leadership skills at the back were sound, and following Jamie Carragher’s retirement the 30-year-old was named as the club’s vice-captain.
Yet, despite helping the side to eight clean sheets in 20 appearances last season, Rodgers deemed the defender surplus to requirements and a return to Brondby IF ensued ten months ago.
Judging by the Merseysiders’ undisciplined backline this season, some could argue it was a bad decision and former player Paul Ince raised the issue last December in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“Quite apart from Luis Suarez, I can’t understand why Daniel Agger left in the summer,” Ince explained. “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.”
Here is Lucas Leiva's all-time X!:
Maicon, Thiago Silva, Daniel Agger, Marcelo
Xabi Alonso, Gilberto Silva,
Ronaldinho, Steven Gerrard, Neymar,