Agger learns to cope
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger admits his injury frustrations, but insists he has grown to cope.
Last Updated: 22/02/11 11:43am
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has admitted his frustration at the injury problems which have plagued his career, but insists he has grown to cope with the setbacks.
The former Brondby centre-back has been a first-team regular since Kenny Dalglish took charge in January, but that has not always been the case.
Agger has suffered from a succession of injuries since arriving in England in 2006 and in the first half of this season he suffered from a serious calf problem.
The 26-year-old missed Thursday's Europa League meeting with Sparta Prague due to a groin complaint, but he is expected to be fit for this week's return leg and does not let his injuries cause the same mental impact as they did in the past.
Agger told the Liverpool Echo: "Nobody was more frustrated than me with my injuries.
"I've learnt to live with it now. I've definitely learnt to be happier and enjoy it more when I'm fit because I don't know if my body's not built to play football, or if I'm unlucky, I don't know.
"I don't get small injuries, just big ones. That's the problem which keeps me out for a long time, so maybe it's down to luck."
Liverpool will welcome Sparta Prague to Anfield with the last-32 tie scoreline poised at 0-0 following the dreadfully dull first leg in the Czech Republic.
Agger is expecting a more attacking mindset from his club in the return meeting, as he said: "We will approach Thursday like we do every home game.
"Try to get forward and keep the ball, playing attacking football, and at Anfield if we play well, it will be difficult for every team.
"So we've got a good chance, but it's not easy, it's never easy in the knockout stages."