Daniel Agger: I Left Liverpool Because Of Brendan Rodgers

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Former Reds stopper claims he was pushed out of Anfield by the manager.

Denmark international defender Daniel Agger has said that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was the main reason behind his exit from the club this summer, the Daily Telegraph reports.

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The Danish defender was sold to Brondby during the summer after spending eight years at Anfield, with reports at the time suggesting he could no longer handle the rigours of Premier League football.

However, Agger has claimed that it was the constant arguments with manager Brendan Rodgers that forced his hand to move on.

“Let me put it this way, me and the manager were perhaps not on the same page last season. For most the season at least,” says Agger.

“He and I maybe went wrong with each other because I am very direct. I say things as they are, so I expect people will be the same to me. Maybe it’s wrong to expect this sometimes.

“There was much (distance) between us, and for me it was just enough. I felt that he didn’t appreciate the things I could and contributed. When I feel that, then it’s time to move on.”

The 29-year-old claimed that the problems began when he started to get dropped from the starting XI despite his performances suggesting that he was more worthy of just a place on the bench.

“When you are a part of the starting eleven for several games in a row and the team have performed well, and you feel that you have played well, then you are left out of the team and don’t feel appreciated, it starts to get pray on your mind and you wonder.

“Then at the same time you see the statistics from your game – which are so important all around the world of football- and you don’t understand why you weren’t used more often.”

However, Agger did pay his dues to the manager by claiming that despite their personality clash by saying that he is a fantastic coach.

“I think he is an incredibly talented manager. You can’t take that away from him. He’s good in the way he trains and he is clever in the way he sets the team up. He’s an extremely, extremely competent coach.

“The things that went wrong between us is that I say things the way they are and I expect others to treat me the same way. Maybe it is wrong to always expect this.”

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