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8 and a half years after leaving Brøndby, Daniel Agger could only help Liverpool lose 2-1 as the two sides faced each other at different ends of their pre-season campaigns.

Christian Nørgaard opened the scoring for the Danes during the first half before Kristoffer Peterson equalised for the Reds just into the second period, which looked as if it would be the final scored before Ferhan Hasani sealed the victory for the home side just into injury time.

Brøndby-FC København, Daniel Agger

Daniel Agger in his Brøndby days.

The early part of the game saw both teams feeling each other out, with Liverpool enjoying the lion’s share of possession in their first pre-season contest but Drengene Fra Vestegnen looking the more dangerous from set pieces; an early corner looking dangerous, and a free-kick troubling Brad Jones, but being held by the Australian stopper.

As Liverpool looked to take a little control of the game as the game moved past the first quarter of an hour, Felipe Coutinho found himself with enough space to unleash an effort from just outside the area, but saw his snapshot flash just wide of Lukas Hradecky’s goal.

Shortly after that, Tiago Ilori left the field with what appeared to be a hamstring issue and was replaced by Kevin Stewart and the former Tottenham youngster found himself in the thick of the action almost immediately as his scuffed clearance went straight to Nørgaard who controlled the loose ball before placing a shot over Jones into the left hand side of the goal from twenty-five yards.

The goal didn’t alter the pattern of the game with Liverpool continuing to press and Coutinho looking more and more influential. With just under half an hour played, the Brazilian released Dan Agger into the box and though the returning hero’s shot was straight at Hradecky, with the rebound going to Coutinho, who rifled in another effort that the Finn was able to scoop into the air.

The Reds continued to enjoy the better of the game up to half time, but failed to create any clear chances before the break. Following the break, former Wycombe winger Jordan Ibe lit up the Brøndby Stadium after a sharp turn on left flank brought him clear into space, from where he surged on and on into the box, taking on a couple of defenders before pulling a ball back into the middle of the six yard box where Kristoffer Peterson was on hand to roll into an empty net.

Often with friendlies, the intensity drops after half-time, but Brendan Rodgers introduced a number of first choice players from last season into his team and they continued to dominate possession and territory and, in Ibe, had an outlet on the left hand side of the pitch with pace, tricks and creativity.

The Danes, playing their final friendly before the start of the Superliga season continued to pressurise Jones with their dead ball play with both Riza Durmisa and the Macedonian substitute Ferhan Hasani both hitting the woodwork with freekicks.

Liverpool created their own threat, with John Flanagan surging down the left wing into the area, and playing a ball across the box that Joe Allen could only put into the goalkeeper’s arms before a few minutes later, Ibe found himself in space just inside the box with only Hradecky to beat but could only find the goalkeeper’s outstretched foot.

That represented the Reds’ best change to seal a victory before Hasani wriggled free of the Liverpool midfield in injury time before dancing his way past four challenges and firing the ball into the top corner of Daniel Ward’s goal to clinch the game for the home side.

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