Congratulations to Liverpool’s young central defender Daniel Agger who has been named Denmark’s Under-21 Player of the Year.
Agger was recognised predominately for his performances with the Danish under-21 team, his contribution playing a major part in Denmark’s qualification for the UEFA European U21 Championships this summer. He played in six of the qualifiers and scored three times, as well as putting in excellent performances in defence. His form was rewarded with call-ups to the full national squad, including playing a friendly where England were humiliated.
Liverpool signed him in January, and although he’s only yet played a handful of games this is to ensure he’s introduced at the right speed. He’s already been told by Rafael Benitez that he needs to tackle a little less forcefully in training.
The Danish under-21 coach, Flemming Serritslev, was full of praise for Danny: “Daniel is a complete defender. He is extremely quick and also good at going forward which has added a new dimension to our team. He also possesses some fine personal qualities and has remained the same humble young man despite his recent success. He never forgets his team-mates in the Under-21 team.”
Agger himself was delighted both with the award, and the praise from the coach: “First and foremost it’s nice to know that people appreciate my way of playing. It also means a lot to me to hear those kind words from Flemming.”