Agger in 2012
|Full name||Daniel Munthe Agger|
|Date of birth||12 December 1984|
|Place of birth||Hvidovre, Denmark|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:50, 5 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Daniel Munthe Agger (Danish: [danjəl ˈɑɡ̊ʌ]; born 12 December 1984) is a Danish footballer who plays as a defender for Liverpool and captains the Denmark national team. Agger has been described as "a fine reader of the game, comfortable on the ball and blessed with a ferocious shot." He started his senior career at Danish club Brøndby IF in July 2004, with whom he won the Danish Superliga and the Danish Cup, before moving to Liverpool in January 2006, with whom he has won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the FA Community Shield.
In July 2004, he was moved from the youth squad to the first team, following the departure of Swedish international defender Andreas Jakobsson. Agger quickly established himself not only as a first team regular, but as one of the key components in the team that won the 2004–05 Danish Superliga championship. Despite his relative youth, he played with great authority and class under the guidance of Brøndby team captain Per Nielsen, and after the first half of the season Agger was named 2004 "talent of the year" by Spillerforeningen (the Danish equivalent of the English PFA).
After the successful Superliga 2004–05 season, Agger was called up to the senior Danish national football team for the 1–0 friendly win against Finland on 2 June 2005, playing the full match. Agger spent the next national team match on the bench before playing the full 4–1 friendly win on 17 August 2005 over England alongside Per Nielsen, where he caused problems for the English forwards, most notably Wayne Rooney. He played the whole 90 minutes in the next two national team matches, before an injury sustained in the 2005–06 Danish Superliga season in September forced him out for the remainder of 2005. Only 20 years of age, Daniel Agger was awarded the Danish "talent of the year" of all sports on 6 December 2005.
Agger was long linked to a transfer to a big club, and in the January 2006 transfer window, Agger got his wish and was looking to join Premier League team Liverpool, the defending UEFA Champions League champions of Europe. Daniel Agger did not travel with his Brøndby teammates for their winter training camp in January and on 12 January 2006 he signed a 4½ year contract with Liverpool. The £6,000,000 transfer deal made him the most expensive footballer sold by a Danish club to a foreign club.
His first half season at Liverpool saw injuries limit him to four first-team appearances during Spring 2006. In May 2006, he played 10 games and scored 3 goals for the Danish under-21 national team, for which he was selected to play in the 2006 European Under-21 Championship tournament.
Agger played the full game as Liverpool won the 2006 FA Community Shield. Still adapting to the English game, he established himself in Liverpool's first team squad, competing with Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher and former Finnish team captain Sami Hyypiä for the two starting places in the central defence. Agger scored his first goal for Liverpool on 26 August 2006 in a 2–1 win against West Ham United. Agger was allowed to run unchallenged toward the Kop-end goal and scored from 35 yards (32 m) out. Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez commented he was not surprised and that Agger has frequently scored such goals in training. The goal was named Goal of the Month for August by the BBC's Match of the Day, and later Liverpool's Premiership Goal of the Season. On 4 October 2006 he was given PFA's fan award for impressive and solid displays in September.
Agger scored his second goal for the club in a Football League Cup away game against Birmingham City with a volley from close range during the seven minutes of first-half stoppage time. His third was against Arsenal, scoring a header in a 4–1 victory played on 31 March 2007. In the first semi-final of the 2006–07 Champions League, Agger received some criticism as Liverpool lost to Chelsea 1–0, after Chelsea striker Didier Drogba managed to dribble past him before making the assist to win the game. In the second leg of the semi-finals, Agger answered his critics by scoring another curler from a smartly-taken Steven Gerrard free-kick from just outside the penalty area, and helping Liverpool keep a clean sheet as the team beat Chelsea 1–0 on 1 May 2007. He went on to play in the 2007 Champions League Final which Liverpool lost 2–1 to Milan.
Agger started the 2007 pre-season in scoring fashion, scoring two goals in four games, including a left footed-finish against Hong Kong outfit South China. However, he suffered a metatarsal injury in September, again losing his place to Hyypiä. In January 2008, Agger began training and was attempting to regain match fitness, however a recurrence of the injury in his second metatarsal again ruled him out of action. After being examined by several specialists, it was reported on Liverpool's official website that Agger would miss the remainder of the season to undergo surgery on his foot.
Agger returned to full training in the pre-season at Melwood and on 12 July 2008 Agger made his playing return as a substitute in Liverpool's friendly win over neighbours Tranmere Rovers. Agger stated after the match: "I am almost starting my career at Liverpool all over again". Agger was in the starting line up in Liverpool's first game of the season against Standard Liège in the Champions League qualifiers. The game ended 0–0. Agger then found himself sidelined the rest of August and much of September, and was not even included in the squad to face Manchester United. This led to rumours of a verbal exchange between Agger and Liverpool manager Benítez. However, Benítez insisted that there was no rift between Agger and himself.
After a month without playing, Agger returned to the starting line up against Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup. Agger played the full 90 minutes and marked his return by scoring the first goal from a free kick outside the box. Liverpool won the game 2–1.
Profiting in part from Škrtel's injury, Agger returned to the starting line up against Wigan for his first Premier League match of the season. Agger was, however, at least partly to blame for Wigan taking the lead when he lost the ball to Zaki after a pass from goalkeeper Reina. Agger redeemed himself by setting up Dirk Kuyt for the equaliser. Liverpool eventually won the match 3–2. On 11 April 2009, Agger scored the third goal for Liverpool from 30 yards against Blackburn Rovers. Liverpool went on to win 3–0. Agger celebrated, like the others who had scored in the match, by pointing to the sky in memory of victims in the Hillsborough disaster.
In May 2009, Agger signed a new five-year deal which if fulfilled, will see him remain with Liverpool until at least 2014.
On 28 February 2010, Daniel Agger played his 100th competitive game for Liverpool, playing in the 2–1 home win against Blackburn Rovers. Agger played another 14 times in 2009–10, including scoring his 7th goal for the club, an outstanding backheel, against Benfica in the UEFA Europa League and also helped Liverpool reach the semi finals of the same competition.
Agger appeared against Arsenal on 15 August 2010, but got concussed in the second half of the game. As a result of the concussion, he missed the next few games. He also had other injury problems which kept him out until December. Martin Škrtel was preferred rather than Agger under Roy Hodgson and he threatened to quit the club with Juventus reportedly interested in him. Since the departure of Hodgson, he has featured in most of the games under Kenny Dalglish, including the match against Chelsea on 6 February 2011, with Liverpool winning 1–0. Agger was ruled out for the remainder of the season following a knee injury sustained in the match against West Brom on Saturday 2 March 2011. He is considered to be Liverpools best attacking centre back and also one of the best in the squad at long range shooting as he has demonstrated previously. At the end of the season, he only managed 21 appearances for the Reds in all competitions.
On 1 August 2011, he scored two goals in a pre-season friendly against Vålerenga Fotball, the first a powered header from a corner, the second a half-volley also from a corner. Agger returned from injury against Rangers in a friendly match in which Liverpool lost 1–0. On 29 October 2011, Daniel Agger played his 100th Premier League game for Liverpool in a 0–2 win against West Bromwich Albion. He has not had major injuries so far and as a result has featured in most of the league games. Due to his solid performances, he has been regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League. He has rapidly become a firm fan-favourite amongst the Liverpool faithful playing regularly alongside fellow centre half Martin Škrtel.
On 28 January 2012, Agger opened the scoring against Manchester United in the fourth round FA Cup tie, defeating them 2–1. It was his first Liverpool goal since 2010, when he scored in the Europa League tie against Benfica. On 26 February 2012, he helped Liverpool to win their first trophy since 2006 as they won the 2012 Football League Cup Final But injured his ribs during the match. On 7 April 2012, Agger made his return from injury as a second-half substitute against Aston Villa at Anfield, replacing José Enrique and hitting the crossbar with a header late on which led to the equalizer in a 1-1 draw. On 8 May 2012, Agger scored his first Premier League goal of the season in a 4–1 win against Chelsea which was also the last home game of the season for Liverpool.
Agger made his first start of the league campaign in a 3–0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on 18 August, in which he conceded a penalty and was sent off for a foul on Shane Long. Although the penalty was saved, Liverpool were unable to hold on and slipped to a disappointing defeat. On 5 October, Agger signed a new long term contract with Liverpool. On 12 November, Agger was named 2012 Danish Player of the Year, the second occasion he has won the award. On 1 December 2012, Agger scored against Southampton at Anfield, with a 43rd minute header giving Liverpool a 1-0 win. On 30 December, Agger scored a beautiful header against QPR, assisted by a cross from captain Steven Gerrard. Agger made it 3-0 which also was the final score. Agger reached his 200th appearance for Liverpool on 21 February 2013 in a home Europe League tie against Zenit St. Petersburg. With Liverpool trailing 2-0 from the first leg, the Reds recorded a 3-1 win at Anfield, but were eliminated on away goals. Agger produced a determined attacking display and went close to getting on the scoresheet, however he was unable to mark his milestone with the result Liverpool needed to progress in the competition. Agger's next goal came on 27 April 2013, scoring in the third minute of an away tie with Newcastle. Agger beat the offside trap to head in a cross from Stewart Downing to set Liverpool on their way to a resounding 6-0 win.
In May 2010, Agger married girlfriend Sofie Nelson in Denmark. The couple wore matching white outfits for the wedding, before celebrating with a reception at the Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen. Daniel and his wife Sofie, have two sons called Jamie and Mason.
Agger is a complete defender, being positionally astute, dominant in the air and smart with his tackling. He displays an unusual technical ability for a centre back, which he uses to good effect in his defensive duties and is arguably the reason behind his impressive disciplinary record. He usually chooses to play the ball from the back, as opposed to using long-ball clearances and can often be seen single-handedly charging with the ball across to the opponents half. He has demonstrated a remarkable ability to fiercely strike the ball from distance, and when in a good position to do so, the Kop can often be heard shouting 'shoot!'
Outside of football, Agger is a qualified tattoo artist and offered to tattoo the whole Liverpool squad with a special commemorative design should they win the Premier League title. He himself has numerous tattoos including a Viking on his upper right arm, a large drawing of Vikings and a graveyard that spans his whole back, which includes his birth date and the Latin motto "Mors certa, hora incerta" ("death is certain, its hour is uncertain"), forming a memento mori. He also features an intricate band around his left elbow which includes the phrase "Succes er at leve som man selv vil" ("Success is to live as one wants" in Danish). In August 2012, during a period of intense speculation regarding his future at the club, Agger had the letters "YNWA" tattooed on the fingers of his right hand, referencing the anthem of Liverpool F.C., "You'll Never Walk Alone".
- As of match played 5 May 2013.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Brøndby IF||2004–05||Danish Superliga||26||5||5||0||—||1||0||4||0||36||5|
|Brøndby IF total||34||5||5||0||—||6||0||4||0||49||5|
- As of match played 26 March 2013.
- Scores and results list Denmark's goal tally first.
|1.||7 September 2005||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen||Georgia||3–1||6–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||2 June 2007||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen||Sweden||1–3||(a)||UEFA Euro 2008 qualification|
|3.||11 October 2008||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen||Malta||2–0||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||9 February 2011||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen||England||1–0||1–2||Friendly match|
|5.||15 November 2011||Blue Water Arena, Esbjerg||Finland||1–1||2–1||Friendly match|
|6.||2 June 2012||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen||Australia||1–0||2–0||Friendly match|
|7.||26 March 2013||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen||Bulgaria||1–1||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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- Daniel Agger Unofficial Website
- The Agger Foundation Official Website
- LFCHistory.net Profile
- Liverpool FC profile
- Daniel Agger career stats at Soccerbase
- Brøndby IF profile (Danish)
- FIFA.com Profile
- ESPN Profile