Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has retired from football at the age of just 31.
Agger announced his retirement on Twitter, two years after returning to Brondby, his first club, after nine years at Liverpool.
The central defender made 175 Premier League appearances for Liverpool and 232 games in total. He was part of the side that lost the 2007 Champions League final to AC Milan, winning the League Cup and Community Shield in England.
In his two spells with Brondby, Agger won a league title and domestic cup, and was twice named as Denmark’s Player of the Year. He won 71 caps for his country, and is actually his country’s 24th highest goalscorer with 12.
Agger surprised many with his move back to Brondby at the age of 29, for a fee of just £3m. He subsequently blamed Brendan Rodgers for the exit.
“There was much (distance) between us, and for me it was just enough,” Agger told TV3 Sport. “I felt that he didn’t appreciate the things I contributed. When I feel that, then it’s time to move on.”
Unfortunately, a series of injuries has hampered his progress back in Denmark. Although Agger did not explicitly give a reason for his retirement, injuries have surely played a part in his decision.
Thank you for your support.A great experience.It's sad,but it is the right decision to stop. I'm proud of my career. pic.twitter.com/Geu9y47vnN
— Daniel Agger (@DanielAgger) June 9, 2016