Daniel Agger returned to Denmark to sign for his former club Brondby as curtains came on a glorious eight and half years at Liverpool who reduced the defenders asking price from £12 million to just £3m in order to facilitate a move.

The popular Danish international felt that his body couldn’t cope any longer with the rigours of the English Premier League and wanted to prolong his footballing career hence moving back to his homeland.

In an open letter written to the Liverpool Echo, the 29-year-old thanked the fans for their passionate support and wished them luck for the future.

“Liverpool has been such a big part of my life and my family’s lives for so long that leaving is extremely difficult.

“I’ll start by saying that Liverpool fans constantly keep surprising me. Since the news broke about the transfer, I have received so many positive messages and well-wishing for the future – not just from supporters in Liverpool but across the world.

“My family and I have always felt your backing, it is something unique to this football club, this city and our supporters – it’s been a privilege to have represented this club and I’m forever thankful for everything I have learnt during my time here.

“When I joined this great club, I came here as a 21 year old boy with a lot to learn. Liverpool has helped me grow up and shape me into the man I am today. I’m proud of who I’ve become and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my time at Liverpool.

“I’ve been honoured to live in this close knit city and my experiences as a Liverpudlian are unforgettable. I’d finally like to wish the club all the best for this season. I’ll be supporting you every step of the way, as will millions of others. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”