DANIEL AGGER is desperate to help lead Liverpool out of their current slump as he urged his team-mates: “We need to turn this around.”
The Danish centre-back’s delight at making his comeback after six weeks out with a cracked rib was tempered by the disappointment of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Anfield.
Luis Suarez’s late header rescued a point to halt a run of three successive defeats but the eighth placed Reds have now won just one of their last nine Premier League games.
Liverpool missed some gilt-edged chances and had three penalty appeals turned down by referee Michael Oliver but Agger admitted the performance wasn’t up to scratch.
“It was really frustrating,” Agger said.
“We had a lot of good chances, especially towards the end, but the fact is we didn’t score. That’s either because we aren’t good enough or we didn’t get the right chances.
“It’s difficult talking about what you deserve in football. The fact is it was 1-1 and we can’t do anything about it now. We have to give them credit for working hard.
“What’s going wrong at the moment? I think you can see it’s a bit of everything. We’re not playing well, it’s just not working the right way.
“But we are trying and we’re doing what we can. How do you change things? All you can do is train every day. Hopefully it will turn soon. We have to carry on.”
The Reds are back in action at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night before the focus turns to Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Everton at Wembley.
Agger insists no-one in the squad is looking any further ahead than the trip to Ewood Park.
“I don’t think next weekend’s game is in our heads,” he added.
“We’re playing on Tuesday against Blackburn and we have to do better if we want to get a result.
“The good thing about football is there’s always another game coming up.
“When you are playing for a club like Liverpool there is always a lot to play for. It doesn’t matter if there’s a trophy to compete for or not.
“Here we have to try to win every single game, especially at home. That hasn’t happened the past few weeks but we need to turn this around.”
Agger impressed after coming on for the final 14 minutes at left-back in place of Jose Enrique and played a big part in the equaliser as his header crashed off the bar for Suarez to convert.
It was the Dane’s first appearance since he was injured in the Carling Cup triumph over Cardiff City back in February.
“It’s good to be back and it’s always nice to be out there,” Agger said.
“I had only trained two times before today so I’m not 100% but I’m getting there.
“I guess I should be used to it but it’s always difficult to be on the sidelines.
“You want to be on the pitch and helping the team and when that’s not possible it’s tough.”