Daniel Agger has hit out at Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, saying the fact the Northern Irishman was indirect with him for much of last season is what persuaded him to leave Anfield.
Agger completed a move back to former club Brondby in the summer, bringing the curtain down on an eight year career with the Reds.
And he has revealed that the fact he wasn’t playing as much as he felt have been last season, played a major part in his decision.
He told Danish programme Onside: “Let me put it this way, the manager and me were perhaps not on the same page during all of last season. For most of last season at least.
“There was much 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.
“Where me and him maybe went wrong from each other, was that I’m very direct. I say things as they are, and so I also expect that people are the same to me. Maybe it’s wrong to expect it sometimes.”
There has been no improvement to a Liverpool defence that conceded 50 Premier League goals last season, with eight conceded in their opening five games, and three defeats already on the board.
And Agger said his relationship with the boss began to suffer last season when the former vice-captain did not play, even when he thought he had performed well previously.
“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.”
Agger did however that Rodgers had excellent coaching abilities.
“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.”
Agger ended his Liverpool career with a record of 175 appearances and 19 goals.