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Agger talks up new-look Liverpool

SoccerNews in English Premier League 4 Dec 2012

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger believes his team are growing in confidence under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Agger netted the winner in Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday, a result which took them just four points short of sixth-placed rivals Everton, despite a disastrous start to the season.

And Denmark captain Agger believes Liverpool are becoming more courageous in possession as the season progresses.

“Confidence is a big thing here and I think we have it,” he said.

“We are brave on the ball, want to go forward and we are not just playing around and I think that is the difference.

“I think we are creating more chances than last season. I don’t see the statistics but the feeling on the pitch is we are creating bigger chances.

“The last couple of games we’ve played really well. I think the Tottenham game (a 2-1 away defeat on Wednesday) was one of the best games I’ve played in for a long time – we played them off the pitch.

“It is difficult to compare two seasons but it is feeling better now.”

The 27-year-old, who has suffered significantly from injuries since arriving on Merseyside in 2006, went on to reveal he is feeling in peak physical condition this term.

“I always enjoy playing football. It is being on the pitch not outside and the last year or so it has been good for me,” he said.

“You learn all the time when you are playing football and I am doing some different things than I did a few years ago.

“I am trying to look after myself better and it is helping. It is just things like the way you train, work in the gym, how you recover – and I think that is the most important thing.

“It is also helping with the team around us, the physios and the manager giving us time to recover because that is always difficult in this league.

“When you are playing so many games it is hard to recover. You need to use the time well and the manager is really good at that.”

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