Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

European win will set Liverpool up perfectly for United, insists Agger

Fit-again Daniel Agger has vowed Liverpool will get things right and drag themselves out of their current crisis.

Five defeats this season already in all competitions has turned a harsh spotlight on Liverpool ahead of tonight's Champions League Group E home clash with Lyon.

For Agger, 24, it will be his first game at Anfield this season after a painful back injury that needed a summer operation.

He has been able to play in two games for Denmark this month, guiding them to the World Cup finals, and now he must repeat his classy defending of last season to help solve Liverpool's woes.

Agger claims “having Steven Gerrard back from injury will be a real inspiration,” but he also knows a team effort is needed now.

Agger said: “The results have not been right, but we know what we are capable of and we know that only hard work will get us the results we need.

“Confidence is still there, we know we are a good team and we just need to show it on the pitch.

“I do not believe that four Premier League defeats means the title race is over. There is a long way to go, a good result in Europe this week will then set us up to play Manchester United on Sunday.”

On his own battle for fitness, Agger added: “It is always difficult when you are injured and on the sidelines for a long while, I found it hard. But I set myself a target date to return and I have worked hard to reach it.

“I never had any doubts that the back problem would not be solved, everyone knew what was wrong.

“Now it takes time for me to get back to the levels of fitness and performance that I had beforehand. “

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