Daniel Agger, the former Liverpool defender, has announced his retirement from football.
The 31-year-old centre-back enjoyed a successful eight-year-long spell at Anfield, having been signed from Brondby, his boyhood club, by Rafael Benitez in 2006.
Agger wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for your support. A great experience. It's sad, but it is the right decision to stop. I'm proud of my career.”
Agger helped Liverpool reach the Champions League final in 2007 and won the League Cup under Kenny Dalglish’s stewardship in 2012.
During his final season with the club, Agger was part of the side which came close to ending the club’s long wait for a Premier League title.
The Denmark international, who played at both the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, subsequently returned to Brondby, signing a two-year contract which significantly cut his wages.
Agger has now decided to bring his career to an end at a relatively early age after struggling with injuries throughout his time in football.
His first full season at Anfield, in 2006/07, was the only time he made more than 40 appearances for the club in a single campaign.
Liverpool supporters have reacted to the news by paying tribute to Agger on social media.
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Agger made a total of 299 senior appearances during his career, scoring 21 goals.
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