Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger makes his first step into management as he teams up with ex-Everton man Lars Jacobsen and takes over at Danish side HB Koge
- Daniel Agger takes over HB Koge, who are in the top tier of Danish football
- The 36-year-old underlined his excitement at taking the step into management
- Agger retired in 2016 at the age of 31 after struggling with an array of injuries
Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has teamed up with ex-Everton man Lars Jacobsen and taken over HB Koge in the Danish first division.
The 36-year-old Agger retired from playing at the age of 31 after struggling to maintain a consistent level of fitness due to injuries. He has signed a three-year deal alongside Jacobsen, with the duo finishing their UEFA A licenses.
Speaking upon his unveiling at the Danish club’s ground, Agger said: ‘I have been preparing for this day for a very long time. I feel like I stopped playing a few years too soon.
Daniel Agger (right) and Lars Jacobsen have taken over at Danish side HB Koge
Agger was unveiled on Wednesday at the Dutch club’s ground and is relishing his new role
The 36-year-old Agger admitted he wonders if he stopped playing football a little too soon
‘Those years I have spent thinking about which way I would go in relation to football, and that is why I stand here today.’
Jacobsen added: ‘We knew we were going to throw ourselves into something together. We have been waiting for the right project, and we believe that this is it.’
Agger played 232 times for Liverpool, winning the 2006 Community Shield and the 2012 League Cup.
He endured a tricky relationship with Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, however, claiming that the Northern Irishman did not value his ability.
‘There was much [distance] between us, and for me it was just enough,’ he told TV3 Sport in Denmark. ‘I felt that he didn’t appreciate the things I could and contributed. When I feel that, then it’s time to move on.
‘When you are a part of the starting eleven for several games in a row and the team have performed well, and you feel that you have played well, then you are left out of the team and don’t feel appreciated, it starts to get pray on your mind and you wonder.
Agger’s colleague Jacobsen (second left) played for Everton while Agger was a Liverpool man
Agger played 232 times for Liverpool and eventually left Anfield in 2014 to return to Bromby
Jacobsen, meanwhile, spent a season on the blue half of Merseyside for the 2008-09 season
‘Then at the same time you see the statistics from your game – which are so important all around the world of football – and you don’t understand why you weren’t used more often.’
Agger left Liverpool in 2014, rejoining Bromby in his homeland – the club he left Liverpool for. Two years later, at the age of 31, he retired.
Jacobsen, meanwhile, played for Everton for one season in 2008-09 under David Moyes. He then joined Blackburn and also went on to play for West Ham.
Jacobsen played 81 times for Denmark while Agger won 75 caps for his country.
‘Daniel and I have talked for several years about us doing something together,’ Jacobsen said. ‘Now we have to see if our ideas can bear. We have met many talented coaches, and we will bring those experiences into play in HB Koge.’
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