To sell or not to sell?
That is not the question.
After Daniel Agger’s injury was confirmed by official Liverpool websites, Twitter exploded with Tweets about letting our greatest centre back go. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Though our Dagger averages 26 games per season, what he does in those games outweighs his injury-prone nature. The past six games he has played have all been victories. They have all been clean sheets. Without him, we are not the same team. In the past six games without him, we have been brandished with draws and losses.
His talent is not only present at Anfield, but on an international scale as well. He began his career at Brondby, rose through the ranks, and helped his side win the Danish Superliga in his first full season in the side. He was then named Denmark’s Player of the Year and has since then been extremely successful with his country. A couple of weeks ago, he scored a breathtaking goal against England.
At Anfield, we treasure what our Agger has done for us. He was bought for 5.8 million in January 2006, which made him the most expensive export in Denmark’s history. His first couple of seasons were overshadowed by knee and foot injuries, and a back injury nearly ended his career. However, he’s fought his way back to fitness and will continue to do so.
“You always get frustrated when you pick up these injuries and you can’t play, but all you can do is try to use it as a positive. I set myself a target and I worked hard towards it, on the pitch and in the gym.”
– Daniel Agger, October 2009
Rarely have I seen a modern-day footballer so strong, powerful, and committed in the tackle. He has a good reason of the game and positions himself well – switching to attack if necessary. His left-foot shot is extremely aggressive yet beautiful at the same time.
So how do his accomplishments justify his staying at Anfield? After all, he has started just 16 Premier League games and made only three appearances in the last two months.
Dalglish had told Liverpool’s official website: “Daniel has a problem with the tendon behind his knee and won’t be involved again this season. He’ll be out for a couple of months before he can start training.”
The best way to prove my point is to bring up the connection Arsenal have with Robin Van Persie. On form, he is one of the greatest strikers in the League. However, he is made of glass and often has problems with his thighs and knees. Wenger has shaped the squad around him, substituting Bendtner in when all else fails. For the most part, it has worked. Arsenal are still second in the League. In addition, Arsenal fans are extremely loyal and supportive of their Van Persie. We should be the same way to our Daniel Agger.
Peace. Love. Dagger. YNWA.
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