Liverpool FC defender has to overcome injury-prone reputation
If I was Daniel Agger, I’d be getting a little bit concerned.
From being named vice-captain before the start of the season, now the Dane cannot force his way back into the starting line-up despite Liverpool operating with three centre-backs.
I would have Agger in on the left of the three centre-backs all day long.
That may be a bit harsh on Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel or Kolo Toure, depending on who drops out.
But Agger offers something different. He can bring the ball out of defence and commit people, and in a 3-4-1-2 formation you need at least one centre-back who is going to do that.
Agger’s problem is that he has proven to be injury prone and has the body of an office worker rather than a footballer.
If I was him, I’d be hammering the weights in the gym every day. Obviously, I’d be taking care with the dumbbells given that’s how he dropped out of the team in the first place!
That suggests he is aware of the problem, although the problem is that addressing the problem has meant the problem has become more of a problem.
I am a huge Agger fan and a strong Daniel Agger would be in the Liverpool team every single time for me.
Liverpool will feel it was two points dropped at Newcastle United last weekend, although credit must be given to the Magpies for hanging on.
Mind you, if a point away from home is being seen as a setback then things are going well for Liverpool.
They must be delighted with their points tally for the season. Rodgers pointed out recently they have almost as many points in 2013 as anybody, and he can see the progress.
Yes, Liverpool haven’t kept a clean sheet since the three centre-back formation has been used, but it’s not as though they are shipping loads of goals.
It will, however, be a concern they are conceding at set-pieces.
As a player, we’d use a system that was a mixture of man-to-man and zonal marking. We’d have some players patrolling key areas while everybody else was responsible for a man.
I believe that is the best approach. If everybody goes man-to-man, some opposing teams are clever and block you off. Whatever the system, it’s a case of everybody knowing what they can do. This is a problem with rotating a team too much. Players forget what they are supposed to be doing.
Football players have the attention span of a gnat, especially when they are being told who to mark on a clipboard before coming on as substitute.