Why Danish Dan will be the man for Reds

In Daniel Agger Liverpool have bought themselves a player who I believe will turn out to be one of the best signings the club has ever made. Everyone in Denmark is really excited about him and delighted he has joined such a big club as Liverpool.

He is tall, strong, good in the air and equally adept on the ground. There's no doubt Agger is one of the hottest Danish prospects in years and he has the potential to be the mainstay of our national team for years to come.

His rise to prominence has been a meteoric one. I personally, hadn't heard of him until he broke into the Brondby first team. He just seemed to appear from nowhere but quickly made an impression at club level and it was not long before he was a deservedly called up by his country.

At 21 his best years are ahead of him and I can only see him improving at Liverpool. I noticed Rafael Benitez didn't throw him into the first team straight away and I think that is the right strategy to adopt.

I believe he had a decent debut against Birmingham recently but I don't expect him to become a regular in the side automatically. He didn't feature in the recent games away to Chelsea or Charlton and I think he'll benefit from this policy in the long-run. By watching the likes of Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia he can learn a lot and adapt gradually to life in the Premiership.

Having made the same move from Denmark to Liverpool myself in 1992 I know how he must be feeling right now. I also know how difficult it can be moving to a new country and club of this size but I have every confidence that he won't suffer the same fate as me.

I found myself back on the sidelines and it was clear the writing was then on the wall for me. It was disappointing because I felt my game had improved and I was looking forward to the new season. What was going on in Souness' mind at the time I couldn't tell but it wasn't long before he was replaced by Roy Evans and that definitely did signal the end of life at Liverpool for me.

After leaving the Reds I went back to Danish club AGF and played on for another five years before finally hanging up my boots in 1999. I think leaving was the right decision at the time. With respect to the lads in the reserve team, I needed to be playing first team football and it worked out well for me because I ended up forcing my way back into the Denmark team.

Looking back it's fair to say I don't have that many highlights when I think of my career at Liverpool. One thing I do have great memories of though, apart from the fans, is the lads I played alongside. I had no problem fitting in when it come to the dressing room and I remember my team-mates as a great bunch of lads. Steve Nicol was the top man for me. He really was a great person who made me feel welcome and helped me settle.

I recently bumped into some of the lads at an ex-players' tournament in Germany and it was great to see them again. David Fairclough told me all about the Liverpool Former Players Association and I signed up immediately.

I now work as a masseur and I've been doing it for the past five years but I've never stopped following the fortunes of Liverpool. It's a club that will always remain very close to my heart.

I'd love to get over for a game sometime in the near future, have a pint with the fans and, of course, check on the progress of my fellow Dane Dan Agger.

As you can imagine, moving to England and signing for Liverpool was a massive moment in my life. Unfortunately, football-wise my time at Anfield was not what you could call a success but as a life experience it was an unbelievable time for me.

I'd just played in the victorious Denmark team that caused a sensation by winning Euro 92 and I was really excited at the prospect of joining such a famous club as Liverpool. I knew all about the great history of the team. It was a real honour and even today they are the biggest and best club for me.

Life at Anfield though was a lot different to what I'd been used to in Denmark. The passion for the game was much more intense, the pace was a lot faster and I was surprised at just how high the standard of play was. Growing up in Denmark I'd been led to believe English football was all kick and rush but I quickly discovered that it wasn't. Tactically, Liverpool's style of play was also different to what I had been used to and so this didn't help matters either.

Of the 24 games I played for Liverpool I think the one people will remember most is my debut away to Aston Villa. I though my performance was okay but the fact we lost left a bad taste in the mouth. Dean Saunders, who had just left Liverpool to join Aston Villa, scored two and it really was an afternoon to forget for Liverpudlians.

I have nothing but the highest esteem for Liverpool fans. They are the best football supporters in the world and it was a real privilege to play for them. I loved running out in front of the Kop. Even now, when I think back to those days I get goosebumps on my arm. In a strange sort of way I viewed every Kopite as my friend. That is how they made me feel and despite what some may think I always tried my hardest for them.

I remember another of the early games I played for Liverpool, I made a sliding tackle that earned great applause from the crowd and as the cheers were ringing in my ears I made this clenched-fist salute that raised the decibels even higher. It was like I'd scored a goal and a great feeling.

Unfortunately, our results weren't the best around this time. Life is too short for regrets but if there is one thing I am sorry about, it's that I was never able to produce my best form for Liverpool. It was a move that just didn't work out.

On reflection, there's no doubt I joined the club at a difficult time and the team was really struggling. If I'd have come here at another time and under different circumstances then my Anfield career may well have turned out better. But that's life and you have to just get on with it.

The manager who signed me, Graeme Souness, was certainly a bit of a character. He had his moments when he was a tremendous guy but sometimes his temper seemed to get the better of him and he made some peculiar decisions that I didn't understand. One thing I couldn't fault him for though was his passion for the game and you have to respect that.

After a good run of games following my debut I lost my place in the team but I remember during the build-up to the next season I played in all the pre-season games because Mark Wright was out injured. Souness gave me a lot of credit for my performances but about three days before the season started Wright declared himself fit and was put straight back into the team.

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