Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger takes first step in management as he teams up with ex-Everton man Lars Jacobsen to take over from Danish side HB Koge
- Daniel Agger takes over HB Koge, who belongs to the top of Danish football
- The 36-year-old underscored his enthusiasm in taking the step to management
- Agger retired in 2016 at the age of 31 after struggling with a series of injuries
Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has teamed up with ex-Everton man Lars Jacobsen to take over HB Koge in the Danish first division.
36-year-old Agger stopped playing at the age of 31 after struggling to maintain his fitness due to injuries. He has signed a three-year deal with Jacobsen, with the duo completing their UEFA A licenses.
At his unveiling on the grounds of the Danish club, Agger said: ‘I have been preparing for this day for a long time. I feel like I quit playing a few years early.
Daniel Agger (right) and Lars Jacobsen have taken over the Danish side HB Koge
Agger was unveiled on the grounds of the Dutch club on Wednesday and is enjoying his new role
36-year-old Agger admitted that he wonders if he stopped playing football a little too soon
‘Those years I have been thinking about which way I would go with football, and that is why I am here today.’
Jacobsen added, “We knew we were going to collapse together. We’ve been waiting for the right project and we believe this is it. ‘
Agger played 232 times for Liverpool, winning the 2006 Community Shield and the 2012 League Cup.
However, he endured a troubled relationship with Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, claiming the Northern Irishman did not appreciate his prowess.
‘There was a lot [distance] between us, and for me it was just enough, ” he told TV3 Sport in Denmark. ‘I felt like he didn’t appreciate the things I could do and my contribution. When I feel that, it’s time to move on.
“ If you are on the starting eleven several games in a row and the team has performed well, and you feel that you have played well, then you are left out of the team and you feel unappreciated, it starts to pray in your mind you wonder.
Agger’s colleague Jacobsen (second from left) played for Everton while Agger was a Liverpool man
Agger played 232 times for Liverpool, eventually leaving Anfield in 2014 to return to Bromby
Jacobsen spent the 2008-2009 season with the blue half of Merseyside
“Then you see the statistics of your game at the same time – which are so important all over the football world – and you don’t understand why you have not been used more often.”
Agger left Liverpool in 2014 and rejoined Bromby in his home country – the club he left Liverpool for. Two years later, at the age of 31, he retired.
Jacobsen meanwhile played one season for Everton 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 been talking about doing something together for years,” said Jacobsen. ‘Now we have to see if our ideas can support it. We have met many talented coaches, and we will apply those experiences in HB Koge. ‘