No rift with Hodgson, says Agger

Reports in Agger’s homeland of Denmark appeared to suggest the

defender, who has had to fill in as emergency left-back on

occasions with Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel the preferred

central pairing, did not agree with the style of play under the new

Reds boss. However, the 25-year-old claims his comments, given to a

Danish television station after Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester

United, were subsequently misrepresented by newspapers in his home

country. “I am very disappointed with the papers in Denmark for the

way they have done this story,” he said. “I spoke to Danish TV

after the game on Sunday and answered the questions that were put

to me. I didn’t speak to the papers. “The problem was the questions

never appeared on TV, only the answers did, and then the newspapers

put their own questions in. “What came out was 100% wrong and that

is why I am very disappointed.” The reports suggested Agger was at

odds over a long-ball policy which was being implemented by

Hodgson. But the centre-back said it was his interviewer – not his

manager – who had put forward the idea of pumping passes forward.

“The TV journalist asked me what I needed to do to get back into

the team and suggested I should start hitting more long balls,” he

added. “I said I wouldn’t do that because I’m not that kind of

player. That’s where that quote came from. “I actually think we

play good football and that we have showed that against Manchester

United and against Arsenal. “What I don’t understand is that it was

only a few days ago when I spoke to the media ahead of the Steaua

Bucharest game and said everybody at the club was happier now with

the new manager, the new players and the new methods. “It’s strange

to read this just a few days later but that’s the way the media

works, especially in Denmark. “I have been involved in every

[Premier League] game this season. Of course I’m disappointed when

I’m not in the team, but I have been here for five years and really

like it here. “I wouldn’t have stayed for this long if I didn’t

like it or if I was unhappy. I am still happy and will keep

fighting for my place.”