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【LFC】9.4 阿格尔访谈

(2008-09-04 21:24:38)


分类: 红军新闻
Jimmy Rice 04 September 2008

【LFC】9.4 <wbr>阿格尔访谈


Our mailbag was bursting at the seams when we asked YOU to pick the questions for our latest Daniel Agger interview. After hours of sifting, we selected the best suggestions – and can now bring you the Dane's answers in full.

【LFC】9.4 <wbr>阿格尔访谈

Firstly it's great to see you back in a red shirt after a season on the sidelines. We'll start with questions about your injury. First up: does it feel like you are starting your Liverpool career all over again?
No, I've been asked that before and I told them that, though I've been injured, I have been here and around the boys, so not really.
How tough was it not playing football for a whole year?
Of course it's difficult but I think it's important to realise that it's part of the game. You have to work hard to get back. The sooner you realise these things, the sooner you can get back.
We saw you at Anfield a lot last season – how did you feel watching your teammates from the stands?
It is difficult to explain what it was like for me watching from the directors' box. It was really, really difficult. Every footballer wants to play in every game, so to sit there and not be able to do anything was really frustrating.
Did you sing You'll Never Walk Alone?
I couldn't get involved in the atmosphere because I was just sitting there thinking, 'I want to be on the pitch'. That's why I worked hard every day to get back.
Did you ever fear that you might not fully recover?
No, not at all. Never.
Has the last year changed you as a person or changed the way you think about football?
No, not really. I think I'm the kind of person who doesn't really change, no matter what happens. I said to myself the first time I had an injury, and then again this time, that it's just part of football. I don't think anything can change me.
Is the injury behind you for good?
Right now I feel really, really comfortable. I can't feel anything, so I'm happy and I'm working hard.
You had football boots especially made during your recovery – what is different about them?
Well a lot was made of this, but I never wore them! They didn't work so I didn't play in them. They were fairly standard boots to be honest.
One man who's come in is Martin Skrtel – what have you made of the way he has started his Liverpool career?
He's been good. He is a quality player who is strong and quick, and he does the simple things well. He's definitely a really good player for us to have.
There are now four centre-backs fighting for two places. We've already seen some rotation this season – do you welcome the competition?
Of course, I think everybody does. I know everyone wants to play and everyone is fighting for their place. It is normal at this club. The rivalry is friendly but it can only be friendly to a certain level because everybody wants to play! But you do have to help each other because you are in the same team and at the same club.

【LFC】9.4 <wbr>阿格尔访谈

Your injury at least meant you got to enjoy Fernando Torres' wonderful form last term. What is he like in training? Have you worked out how to stop him?
Well I played against him for Denmark the other day and he didn't score, so we managed to stop him. But he is a good player. The goals he scored last season speak for themselves - I don't have to say too much.
What about your own attacking ability – do you set yourself a goals target every year?
No, I just want as many as possible. But really, I just have to focus on defending. I am not here to score goals, I am here to defend and stop them at the other end. Scoring a few goals is just a bonus.
Okay, if you could play alongside any footballer, past or present, who would it be and why?
That's a tough one. I would have to say Peter Schmeical because of the way he screams and talks. It would be funny – I don't think it would annoy me. It would be great to play in front of him. You have Carra who talks here, and Pepe is good like that too.
If you could give one piece of advice to a youngster who wants to play professional football, what would it be?
Personally, the way I've done it is to not be too professional too early. You have to enjoy it and have fun, then if you are good enough you will be a professional footballer. Don't force it, don't start too early and waste your youth. You need to do other things, not just football. To be a complete footballer you need a life outside the pitch. Of course there is a lot of hard work but you have to be careful when you are only 13 or something like that.
Is that why you own bars and restaurants – because you want a life beyond football?
Yes, I think I came into the game really late. I was 18 or 19 when I got my first contract, so maybe I've done a lot of things that some of my friends in football haven't done. That's helped me to be the person I am today.
Do you think it helps you on the pitch – to have something away from the game which means you can switch off sometimes?
Yes, because you do switch off. Then when you step back onto the pitch you are 100 per cent.
Daniel, why do you think our 19th title is taking so long to arrive?
Because the competition is unbelievably hard. There are so many good teams around now who compete for the title. Maybe we just have to realise we haven't been good enough for the last couple of years.
What is a realistic ambition this time around?
Everyone needs ambitions regardless of whether they are realistic or not. But, at a big club like Liverpool, the aim has to be to go out and win every game. If you do that then you'll win the title. To say this is easy, but to actually go out there and do it is really, really difficult. It's a cliché but you have to take each game as it comes.
As a player, how much attention do you pay to what Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea are doing? Do you watch their games?
Of course you have to know the opposition, especially these teams. I watched a bit of the games on the Sunday after we played at Sunderland.
How confident are you we'll be up there challenging for the title in May?
We have to be optimistic but it will be easier to tell you in six months' time.


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