Mutiny in the air at Anfield as Agger refuses to go route one

Centre-half reveals his long ball discontent to Danish telly


Roy Hodgson‘s start to his Liverpool career has been bad enough that, six matches in, he’s already wading into ‘must-win’ territory. Things won’t have been made much easier by this morning’s news Dan Agger has been on national TV slagging off his new gaffer’s tactics.

Speaking to Danish telly, the 25-year-old announced he would not be listening to the hoof ball tactics Hodgson has allegedly been instructing the back line with at Anfield, because that’s just not how an inked-up tough guy rolls:

I like to keep the ball on the ground and I’m going to keep doing that. The manager has a philosophy we’re playing football further up the pitch and you have to play a different kind of football at the back.

But I’m not going to be a player that unloads the ball every single time I get it. Whether he’ll use me or not, time will tell. I’ll fight for my chance but I know what I represent, and I think he also knows that.

Our play has changed but I’m not going to adjust 100 per cent.

Regardless of whether Agger’s brand of Libero football meshes with Roy’s direct, high-tempo vision, isn’t it worryingly early in Hodgson’s reign for such a public show of dissent?

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