Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has admitted he still doesn’t know why he fell out of favour with Brendan Rodgers.
The Danish centre-back joined the Reds from Brondby in 2006, going on to make 232 appearances for Liverpool during his eight-year stint with the club.
Agger formed an impressive partnership with Jamie Carragher under Rafa Benitez, playing a pivotal role in the side that reached the 2007 Champions League Final.
However, despite being named vice-captain by Rodgers ahead of the 2013-14 season, the centre-back soon fell behind Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, and Kolo Toure - but is still not sure why he was dropped.
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“At the time I was shocked and I wanted an explanation but no one could give me one,” he told The Athletic . “Still to this day I’d like to know what happened.
“Why did I go from being the new vice-captain and first choice to being fourth centre-back in the space of a few weeks? It was very strange.
“I tried to speak to Brendan back then but he told me that nothing was wrong. He said I was a big part of his plans but he didn’t show that."
As Liverpool challenged for the Premier League title that season, he made only 20 appearances but Rodgers always insisted he was important to the team.
Agger discussed how he could have moved to Barcelona in 2012, but outright dismissed an approach from Manchester City: “I said there was no chance. I was never going to play for a rival of Liverpool,” he said.
City’s interest in the Danish defender ultimately saw Barcelona pull out of the potential deal, though he was happy to remain with Liverpool after receiving assurances from Rodgers.
Now head coach of HB Koge in the Danish second tier, however, the 36-year-old has his own theory on why he suddenly fell down the pecking order.
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“I don’t know, maybe because I can be quite direct and I’m a strong character,” he continued.
“All the other players in that team who had a big voice and spoke their mind, everybody went out either that season or shortly before or after — me, Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt, Glen Johnson, Stevie and Carra."
Agger then added: “I met Brendan a few years ago at a charity event that Kasper Schmeichel and his wife put on in Denmark. I asked Brendan if I could speak to him after and he said ‘yeah’ but then he disappeared before we could talk.
“I still want to speak with him. There are no bad feelings now but there must be something he can tell me about what changed.
“From what I hear, he’s a different manager now. You learn from your mistakes.”