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Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger announces retirement

Former Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger has announced his retirement from football, aged just 31.

Agger, who made 232 appearances for the Reds between 2006 and 2014, confirmed the news of his retirement on Thursday.

Injuries have plagued him throughout his career, hence his decision to call it a day at such a young age, but he still managed to win 71 caps for Denmark.

There is a feeling that he never quite reached his potential, due to those injuries.

Agger took to his Twitter account on Thursday to reiterate his decision, saying:

“Thank you for your support. A great experience. It’s sad, but it is the right decision to stop. I’m proud of my career.”

The Dane represented Liverpool for eight years, winning the League Cup with the Reds in 2012.

He arrived from Brondby in 2006 for £5.8 million, with a reputation as one of the most exciting young centre-backs in Europe. A stunning strike against West Ham later that year outlined his ability on the ball.

He struggled to cement a regular place in the team, though, because of those aforementioned fitness issues, and he managed just 232 appearances for the Reds in his eight years at the club. Only four times was he able to make more than 30 appearances in a season.

Agger’s goal against Chelsea in the 2007 Champions League semi-final against Chelsea will never be forgotten, and his reading of the game and elegance in possession made him a fans’ favourite during his stay on Merseyside.

The former Denmark captain spent the final years of his career at boyhood club Brondby, having been sold back to the Danish side in 2014.

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