Liverpool Daily – Agger and Johnson light up England’s victory in Denmark

Despite Steven Gerrard’s absence from the England squad for this week’s international, there was still plenty of Liverpool involvement in the friendly international in the Parken Stadion in Copenhagen. Centre-back Daniel Agger opened the scoring for Denmark with a superb header seven minutes into the game, and after a shaky start, Glenn Johnson redeemed himself by winning possession with a good challenge in midfield before bursting forward to supply the assist for Ashley Young’s match winning goal.

One player that Liverpool fans may have taken more than a passing interest in was Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen. The 18-year-old is the current wonder boy of Danish football and was looked at closely by Liverpool’s director of football strategy, Damien Comoli, during his recent trip to Amsterdam to wrap up the Luis Suarez deal. Last night’s game saw him pull the strings in the Danish midfield, produce a delightful cross for Agger’s goal and strike the post with a 20 yard effort. Kenny Dalglish is facing competition from Arsene Wenger to capture the Dane, with his €12 million valuation set to soar if he continues to perform so impressively.

Liverpool’s very own 18-year-old midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was unable to play for his country this week, pulling out of the England Under-19 fixture against Germany through injury. The summer signing from Charlton Athletic has been diagnosed with a knee tendon injury, and could be out for the remainder of the season. Speaking yesterday at Melwood, Shelvey told reporters: “I’m a bit down at the moment but I’m just hoping now I can come back stronger.” Shelvey, who has featured in every game since Kenny Dalglish returned to the club, is not the only injury concern for Saturday’s clash with Wigan Athletic.

As well as Steven Gerrard and Andy Carroll, Slovakian centre back Martin Skrtel is a doubt for the Premier League clash. Despite travelling with his country, the 26 year old played no part in the surprise 2-1 defeat to Luxembourg. All three players have thigh problems of varying degrees as Dalglish told the press at his pre-game news conference. The Liverpool boss hopes that Gerrard will be fit but is unsure when his £35M striker will make his debut: “Andy is progressing very well. We never gave a date and we won’t put a date on it – we just said it would be a few weeks,” said Dalglish.

One player definitely set to feature against Wigan Athletic is goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Despite whisperings that he wishes to quit the club, a report in the Daily Mail suggests that it will take a transfer fee of £20 million, a British record for a goalkeeper, for Manchester United and Arsenal to snatch him away from Anfield. The 28-year-old Spaniard, who was on the bench for his country’s 1-0 win over Colombia, has a six-year contract at Anfield, but has expressed a desire to play Champions League football. Whilst that looks like it could be out of range this year, with the momentum of the club now appearing to be moving forward again after the Hodgson hiatus, Reina may not be in such a rush to jump ship.

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