Agger: Liverpool can handle title pressure

The defender was a member of the Reds side that finished second to Manchester United in 2008-09 and is confident the current crop can go one better this time around

Liverpool vice-captain Daniel Agger is confident the club can deal with the pressure of being in the Premier League title mix.

The Merseysiders head into the business end of the season very much in contention for a first top-flight crown since 1990. 

Brendan Rodgers’ side sit second in the table, seven points behind leaders Chelsea but with a game in hand.

Agger, who is one of the few remaining members of the 2008-09 side that finished second to Manchester United, believes he and his team-mates have what it takes to cope with the mental strain of a title fight.

“When you play for Liverpool, there is always pressure and that won’t change between now and the end of the season,” the Denmark skipper told the Liverpool Echo.

“Part of playing for this club is being able to handle that pressure. I think the players here have proved over the course of this season that they are more than capable of doing that.

“We have had some great results and there have been a few times when we have been all the way up there at the top.

“It’s always difficult to compare squads and teams. This is a completely different team to the one in 2009. There aren’t many players left from that side.

“We are in a good position but we are only in March. There is still a long way to go and a lot of points to play for.

“We haven’t achieved anything yet and we need to keep going over the final 10 games. We have some big games against teams close to us in the table. They are games we have to win.”

The Reds travel to United on Sunday looking to complete a league double over their fierce rivals and remain in the race for the title.

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