The return of Daniel Agger really couldn’t have come at a better time. After the 1-1 draw with Norwich, much was made about Liverpool’s difficulty keeping clean sheets at Anfield this season, and the need for a new top class centre back was one of the hot topics on the post-match radio phone ins.
I’m well aware that Daniel Agger’s injuries have affected his form over the last couple of years but I have never doubted the ability of the Dane, who actually started off this season in good form. When he returns to full fitness and gains a bit of form I can see him eventually being our main man in defence. I have nothing against Martin Skrtel but he is prone to the odd mistake every now and then and would most likely be the man to make way for Agger when he returns to full fitness.
On the other hand, the win over West Brom at the weekend showed that the Agger-Skrtel partnership has some serious potential, with both putting in solid performances to earn Liverpool a clean sheet. With Jamie Carragher’s form being patchy so far this season, some have questioned his place in the starting line up, preferring to see the younger partnership of Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger instead. For me, Carragher’s organisational skills make him my preferred partner for Daniel Agger at centre back for the time being at least. As good as Skrtel and Agger are, none of them are as vocal as Carragher and the defence seems to lack a bit of organisation whenever the vice captain isn’t playing.
If you look at many of the top teams, they all seem to possess at least one central defender with excellent ball playing skills, which has become more fashionable in the modern game. Daniel Agger is one of these defenders and no one should ever underestimate how important it is to have players who can keep a calm head while under pressure and pick the right pass. Having Agger in the team on a regular basis will no doubt have a positive effect on our defensive record, and one bonus is that the promising Danny Wilson (who has at times been likened to Agger) will be able to learn from the Dane.