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Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has announced his retirement from football at the age of 31.
Agger has struggled with injures in recent seasons and has taken the decision to call time on his playing career with immediate effect.
The 31-year-old Denmark international joined Liverpool from Brondby in January 2006 and went on to make 232 appearances for the Reds, scoring 14 goals, before leaving at the end of his contract in June 2014.
He returned to Brondby and made 24 appearances in the Superliga last season.
“I'm pulling the plug,” Agger told a news conference in Denmark on Thursday. “It has been difficult, I've had doubts until the end. But I'm in no doubt that it is the right decision.
“Fortunately, I had many options, which is positive, and that confirmed to me, that my level was still acceptable. Offers reported in the media, especially from Turkey, have been something I've thought a lot about.
“This isn't something I've done overnight. But time after time when I've thought it through I've thought 'hell no', I'm not letting my level drop, I'm not falling any further, it's important to stop while I'm still ahead.”
At international level, Agger earned 75 caps for Denmark.
“It's sad, but it is the right decision to stop. I'm proud of my career,” he added.