Agger - Keep the faith
Defender calls for positive mentality amid worst start since 1962
Last Updated: September 4, 2012 11:20am
Daniel Agger: Knows all the players in the Liverpool team need to take their chances in front of goal
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has warned nobody at the club can afford to lose faith as they seek to turn around a worst start to the season in half a century.
Defeats to West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal have sandwiched a draw against Manchester City to leave the 18-time champions of England with just one point in the Premier League.
It has been a baptism of fire for new boss Brendan Rodgers and after the international break the fixtures do not get any easier as a trip to Sunderland comes before Manchester United visit Anfield.
Much has been made of Liverpool's failure to sign a striker on transfer deadline day as a factor in their struggles but centre-back Agger insists his mood remains positive.
The Dane, who was this summer linked with a move to City, told the Liverpool Echo of the club's worst start since 1962: "I'm still upbeat about the quality in the group. Everybody has to believe in it, otherwise they shouldn't be at a club like this.
"Nothing is easy to fix - not in football and not in life - but we are working on the manager's ideas every single day, so hopefully we can get better and better during the course of the season.
"We are trying everything we can and we have to get the best out of the squad that we have."
A lack of goals having allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham United on loan has seen Liverpool linked with a long list of free agents.
But Agger, who was sent off in the loss at West Brom, knows it is not just strikers who should be contributing to hitting the back of the net.
"Of course the lack of goals so far is a concern. You could see against Arsenal that it wasn't only one player," he said.
"It wasn't two players, it was three, four, five, six players who had chances, including myself.
"The chances are there and that's the most important thing but we all need to start taking them."