Defender Brendan Rodgers is accused by Daniel Agger of pressuring six Liverpool players to quit the club during his tenure as manager from 2012 to 2015.

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Daniel Agger with Brendan Rogers at Training during their time in LFC: Picture Credit Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers was accused by Daniel Agger of pressuring six players to quit Liverpool during his tenure as manager.

Rodgers is now the manager of Leicester City, but he was the manager of Liverpool from 2012 to 2015.

In the 2013/14 season, the Northern Irishman led Liverpool to a second-place finish, two points behind winners Manchester City.

That season was the pinnacle of Rodgers’ tenure at Anfield, with the Reds scoring 101 goals in the Premier League as the front three of Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez, and Daniel Sturridge dazzled the audience.

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But there were rumblings of discontent behind the scenes that year, with Agger upset at being ranked behind Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho.

The Danish centre-back won 17 of his 20 Premier League appearances that season, but he was still not Rodgers’ first choice.

“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 the fourth center-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.”

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That season, Agger was not the only disgruntled Liverpool player; numerous veteran players left the club in the summer of 2014.

The 36-year-old defender, who left the club in 2016, has a theory about why he and others left at the same time.

“I don’t know, maybe because I can be quite direct and I’m a strong character,” he says,

“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 [Gerrard] and Carra[agher].

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“Maybe it was part of changing the whole team. 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.

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“From what I hear, he’s a different manager now. You learn from your mistakes.

“The media at the time wrote that I went in to see Brendan crying, saying that I wanted to go home to Denmark to play. But the exact opposite was true.

“I went to see Brendan and said I didn’t understand why I wasn’t playing but I respected his decision.

“I did everything I could in training to force my way back into the team. Every time I played I delivered but in the end I just had enough.”


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