Daniel Agger has hit out at former Liverpool managers Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers today, but he also had a few words for David Moyes – formerly of Everton and Manchester United.
The Dane gave a lengthy interview to Jyllands-Posten, which has been translated in the Guardian, in which he very honestly spoke about his time in England, his problem with anti-inflammatory pills and his reasons for retiring aged 31.
Interestingly, he alerted Liverpool fans that Everton wanted him before we acquired him in 2006, but Moyes, then at Everton, rudely refused to turn up up to a meeting he’d organised with Agger – claiming he wasn’t good enough for the Toffees.
“He had asked us whether he could meet me and my parents after the game and we said that of course he could,” Agger said. “After the game I went back to my parents and waited for him and [and Agger’s agent] Per Steffensen to come but then Per phoned to say that David Moyes wasn’t going to come after all. He was being taken to the airport because he didn’t think that I was ready for the Premier League. A few months later I signed for Liverpool.”
Moyes would live to regret that decision, watching Agger develop into one of the Premier League’s best centre-backs across Stanley Park, and we’re glad Rafa Benitez could see class when it slapped him in the face.
If you’ll remember, there was once a story that went round Merseyside that Moyes had signed the wrong centre-back from Udinese in 2005 – spending £5.1m on the Dane – before realising he actually wanted his centre-back partner and shipping him back to Italy for a massive loss! So perhaps his failure to recognise Agger’s ability isn’t all that surprising.