Liverpool painkillers to blame for retirement, claims Daniel Agger
Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has blamed the number of painkilling injections and pills he took during his time at Anfield for his retirement.
The 31-year-old, who had been playing for Brondby in his native Denmark, recently announced he was hanging up his boots.
Agger claims he was pumped full of drugs during his Reds career. He says that when he refused to take painkillers, he was forced to do so.
According to German tabloid Bild, he said: “I have taken too many painkillers in my career. I know it, and that is bad. But I’ve stopped doing it. ”
But the centre-back decided he had had enough of the “circus” of painkillers after an incident in March 2015.
Travelling to a derby clash with Copenhagen, he fell asleep on the team bus after taking painkiller pills. To perk himself up again before kick-off, he took caffeine tablets.
He reportedly then blacked out and lost control of his body, and had to be substituted after just 29 minutes of the match.
Agger played for Liverpool between 2006 and 2014, when he returned to Brondby.