West Ham striker Craig Bellamy has hailed Liverpool defender Dan Agger after their international clash on Wednesday night. Wales captain Bellamy crossed swords with the Danish centre-half in Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Bellamy said: "Agger is outstanding. I have watched Liverpool a lot over the years and for me Agger is the closest thing I have seen to Alan Hansen.
"That's the best compliment I can give him. When he gets possession he can move confidently into midfield, he joins in the passing. He is comfortable on the ball and has really impressed me. I liked him a lot as a person, he is down-to-earth and level-headed.
"Nothing fazes him, nothing gets on top of him, he is an outstanding player."
Liverpool bought Skrtel last January because of the continued injury problems that had kept out Agger for months.
Bellamy said: "Agger was injured and that cost him his place to Martin Skrtel. Even when he was fit again he could not get back into the side, but at a place like Liverpool you have to earn the right to play.
"He had to bide his time and although it was bad luck for Skrtel when he got injured, Daniel has got his chance again.
"The same will happen when Skrtel is fit again. He will find it hard to get back into the team because Daniel is playing so well.
"The roles will be reversed. But that does not surprise me at a top club where the best players do hold down their places in the side."