Liverpool fear Agger facing season-long lay-off

Daniel Agger could be ruled out for the rest of the season after being stretchered off during Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United, the Daily Mail has reported. The Denmark international was injured in a collision with Glen Johnson and Antonio Valencia late in the match.

The Mail adds that Agger suffered suspected medial ligament damage, with Brendan Rodgers admitting that the injury appears to be a bad one, but the manager was still awaiting confirmation. Rodgers also revealed that striker Fabio Borini was substituted at half-time with a badly swollen ankle.

Agger was hurt in the build-up to the incident that saw United awarded a penalty after Johnson was adjudged to have fouled Valencia. Suso gave away the ball with a lax pass and Agger and Johnson both attempt to retrieve it as Valencia rushed in, the United winger getting there first and sprinting forward. Agger stayed down as Johnson chased Valencia, eventually bringing him down in the area in the eyes of the referee.

Robin van Persie converted the spot kick to put United in front. Steven Gerrard had earlier given Liverpool the lead, despite the home side being down to 10 men after Jonjo Shelvey was sent off, but full-back Rafael restored parity shortly after.

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