Today marks 10 years since Daniel Agger made his Liverpool debut, so we select the Dane’s five best goals in a Reds shirt.
Back on 1st February 2006, Agger made his Liverpool bow as Rafa Benitez’s side drew 1-1 at home to Birmingham City in a Premier League clash.
The classy centre-back had joined from Brondby for £5.8 million the previous month and was widely regarded as one of the most exciting young defenders in Europe at the time.
Agger went on to represent the Reds on 232 occasions, winning the League Cup in 2012, and had it not been for cruel luck with injuries, he had the potential to be a legend on Merseyside.
For a centre-back, Agger certainly had an eye for goal, scoring some memorable strikes in his time at Anfield. We pick five of the best from the former No. 5, who scored 14 in total for the Reds.
5. Man United (2012)
This may not have been the most eye-catching, original goal of Agger’s career, but any goal against Man United has to be up there.
Liverpool entertained their most bitter rivals in the FA Cup fourth round back in 2012, and it was the big Dane who opened the scoring.
Agger rose highest from a Steven Gerrard corner to head home past David de Gea, setting Liverpool on their way to a 2-1 victory.
It was his only goal against United.
4. Benfica (2010)
Agger was always a centre-back who had an effortless elegance about him, and this lovely effort against Benfica back in 2010 was proof of that.
Gerrard’s low free-kick from out on the left was delivered into a dangerous area, and it was Agger who put his side in front. [td_ad_box spot_id=”custom_ad_1″]
The Brondby man produced an impudent back-heeled finish that nestled into the Benfica goal, wheeling away in delight in the process.
Liverpool may have ended up losing on the night, but they progressed after the second-leg and qualified for the Europa League semi-finals.
3. Blackburn (2009)
2008/09 was a glorious season for Liverpool, even if they didn’t quite have enough to win the Premier League in the end.
Agger was an integral part of the squad throughout the campaign, and this screamer against Blackburn showed what a superb left foot he possessed. [td_ad_box spot_id=”custom_ad_2″]
With Benitez’s men 2-0 up and cruising, the centre-back glided into the Blackburn half, before unleashing a stunning 30-yard strike in front of the Kop.
His next effort on this list was not dissimilar.
2. West Ham (2006)
To score your first goal for a new club is a special moment for any footballer, but when it is as good as Agger’s, it is even more memorable.
Liverpool hosted West Ham early in the 2006/07 season, and found themselves 1-0 down to a lucky Bobby Zamora goal early on.
The Reds needed a piece of magic from someone in order to get them back in the game, and Agger duly obliged.
Much like against Blackburn, he came forward with the ball from the back, as he used to do so often, before smashing an unstoppable long-range shot into the Kop net.
It levelled the scores, and played a key part in Liverpool eventually winning the game 2-1.
1. Chelsea (2007)
While Agger’s aforementioned goals against Blackburn and West Ham were more emphatic, the Dane’s goal against Chelsea in 2007 is easily his most important, and therefore best, in a Liverpool shirt. [td_ad_box spot_id=”custom_ad_3″]
It was Agger who made himself a surprise hero at Anfield, however, as he swept home Gerrard’s cleverly-worked free-kick with inch-perfect accuracy.
The 1-0 final score meant the game eventually went to penalties, with Liverpool sealing a place in the final following their shootout triumph. Agger’s goal was absolutely priceless.
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