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Neal has hopes for defender Agger

Daniel Agger
Agger's Liverpool career has been hampered by injuries

Former Liverpool defender Phil Neal says Daniel Agger needs time to develop a partnership with Jamie Carragher in the Reds defence in the coming weeks.

Agger now looks likely to be given his chance in Rafa Benitez's side after Martin Skrtel's knee injury.

"It's up to Daniel Agger now to form a partnership if he gets the chance with maybe Jamie Carragher," Neal told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"He needs to give Rafa a selection problem for when Skrtel is available."

The 57-year-old former full-back also believes that the Reds' recent 3-2 victory over Manchester City was a defining moment in their season.

He recalls when he and his teammates had to do similar things when they picked up silverware.

"Its a massive thing," Neal continued.

"We had to do that on several occasions but not too many thank goodness. I think that gives you strength in the dressing room."

But the man who helped Liverpool to four European cups in his time at the club warns it will need the efforts of the whole squad if they are to be successful.

"It's the people waiting in the wings that matter.

"If they are equally determined, when they get their half chance from Rafa, they'll want a share of the success.

"They'll want a bit of the action now having seen us make a fantastic start in Europe too."

see also
'Slow' Alonso snubbed by Juventus
09 Oct 08 |  Liverpool
Liverpool boosted by Skrtel news
07 Oct 08 |  Liverpool
Kuyt wants Premier League glory
06 Oct 08 |  Liverpool
Man City 2-3 Liverpool
05 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Aldridge raises Liverpool concern
03 Oct 08 |  Liverpool
Keane relief at first Reds goal
01 Oct 08 |  Liverpool
Liverpool 3-1 PSV
01 Oct 08 |  Europe

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