Daniel Agger
Agger is hoping Liverpool can find their scoring touch. REUTERS

Football Focus pundit Garth Crooks has praised the performances of Liverpool centre-half Daniel Agger this season.

The Danish international has been keeping Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher out of the side, with Kenny Dalglish persisting instead with a centre-back partnership of Martin Skrtel and Agger.

The Liverpool duo have been superb throughout the season thus far and although Carragher's hiatus from first team duty is perhaps something of a surprise given his lofty standing at Anfield, Skrtel and Agger can boast the meanest defence in the Premier League at the moment.

Agger and his Slovakian defensive partner kept yet another cleansheet during Liverpool's 1-0 win against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend and the aforementioned football pundit believes Agger is the key member of the Merseyside club's current resolve.

"Anyone who is partly responsible for keeping Jamie Carragher out of the side must be either an excellent defender or in great form." Crooks told the BBC when referring to Liverpool's backline.

"I think Agger falls into both categories. He didn't give QPR a sniff."

Agger's Liverpool career has been revived since the arrival of Kenny Dalglish. The 26-year-old has started six Premier League matches in a row and has not started seven consecutively since December 2009. He can match that record if he starts Liverpool's match against Aston Villa next Sunday.

Liverpool paid £6 million for the Danish international in January 2006 and although his Anfield career has been blighted by injury and loss of form which at times has threatened his future at the club, the former Brondby starlet has thrived under Dalglish.