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Daniel Agger: A victim of the Liverpool FC pairing crisis?

Rebecca Parry looks at the decline in action of Liverpool’s Daniel Agger this season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 3, 2013: Liverpool's Daniel Agger in action against Olympiakos CFP during a preseason friendly match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Although having rumoured niggling injuries and fitness test stumbling blocks, Vice Captain Daniel Agger hasn’t seen much action for Liverpool this season.

This is surprising after he was only given the nod to take the honour in the Summer.

The centre back, who we all know likes to express his love for Liverpool, has seemingly gone under the radar after there was the odd report that he was out due to injury in the last couple of months.

What was surprising was the lack of involvement since he was back in the squad, but was most of the time sat on the bench. For a defender who has been so prominent for Liverpool since his arrival in 2006, the Summer buys to rival his position left him the victim.

It has been proven on the pitch that Brendan Rodgers just can’t seem to settle with the ideal centre back pairing. The defence which seems to have more combinations than a Rubiks cube, has just not seemed to have naturally found the two that will star in the best XI.

Although there has to be time to experiment, the time has come where a crucial set of Christmas fixtures can make or break our season.

For a player who has given so much for the club over the years, I think it’s time he deserves the minutes. It won’t take long for Agger to bed back into the side, and using his experience in doing so.

He and Skrtel you would think would be the more obvious choices considering the next away fixtures are Spurs, Man City and Chelsea, as they know what their coming up against.

After Agger recently tweeted that he “won’t be going anywhere” and he’ll be “back in the team soon”, you’d think that it’s not necessarily a preference from Rodgers, but more of a chance to experiment with the new additions he’s brought into the squad.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 26, 2013: Liverpool substitute Daniel Agger against West Bromwich Albion during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Of course, different teams will mean a different opposition strike force, and so it will be challenging to find a pairing that can suit the majority.

However, it’s the reason why Rodgers was so keen to add to the defence in the Summer – options is not what we’ve been used to in the last few seasons.

Although he doesn’t have the best track record of injuries, we haven’t seen the Dane is the team as much as we would like.

But with Steven Gerrard now out for the Christmas period, you would expect him to feature, and take the team forward with his leadership qualities.

This is especially significant in terms of players keeping their heads in fierce battles against the likes of Chelsea, where things have got heated in the past.

Can the Vice captain stand up and show why he was chosen to lead the team in Gerrard’s absence? Even though he hasn’t featured much this season, you would expect his experience to shine through in these next crucial fixtures.

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