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Daniel Agger happy for Liverpool to win ugly

Updated: Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 11:33 | Comments

Daniel Agger scored Liverpool's first goal against Hull on New Year's Day
Daniel Agger scored Liverpool's first goal against Hull on New Year's Day

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger admits the result and not the performance was what counted as they returned to winning ways and the top four.

The Denmark centre-back scored the first in the 2-0 win over Hull, with Luis Suarez netting the second with a now trademark free-kick to take his tally to 20 in 15 matches, becoming the fastest player in Premier League history to achieve the feat.

It was far from their best or most fluid performance but, after back-to-back defeats had seen them fall from first to fifth, a victory was all that was required to get Liverpool back on track.

"The most important thing was three points, it is as simple as that," Agger said. "It was not our best performance, but if we can win and get three points without playing our best that is important in the long run.

"Not only was it important for confidence but also just to stay in the top (four).

"That is so important to hang in there and we have done that."

The clean sheet was only the Reds' third in the last 18 matches.

But manager Brendan Rodgers was grateful to Agger, who was the only one to convert a number of chances in the first half, and Suarez for securing victory.

"Of course you don't want to concede soft goals and thankfully we didn't," said Rodgers.

"We worked tirelessly to stop them getting anything - they had no shots on target.

"Clean sheets are important, but there's no good having 15 clean sheets if you can't score so it's about getting the balance in the team.

"But the most important thing is the victory and the goals and we got that."

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