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Ex-Liverpool defender retires aged 31

Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has announced his retirement from football.

The ex-Denmark captain is quitting the game at the age of 31 after a professional career stretching back to 2004.

Agger moved to Anfield from boyhood club Brondby in 2006 and played 232 times for the Reds, winning the League Cup in 2012, but his time on Merseyside was beset by a number of injury problems. He returned to Brondby in 2014.

"Thank you for your support. A great experience. It's sad, but it is the right decision to stop. I'm proud of my career," Agger, who won 71 caps for Denmark, tweeted alongside an image of the football shirts of the clubs he has represented.

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Liverpool fined £8,400 for fans letting off fireworks

A flare lands on the Anfield pitch during the quarter-final against Dortmund. Credit: PA

Liverpool have been fined £8,400 by UEFA for their fans letting off fireworks in their Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.

The decision was made by the control, ethics and disciplinary body and is the second punishment handed out to the Reds this week.

On Tuesday they were fined £35,000 - half of which was suspended for a two-year probationary period - for illicit chanting by supporters during April's two-legged Europa League clash against Manchester United, who were also hit with a similar penalty.

There was a further fine of £13,000 for the offences of setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects, crowd disturbances and a late kick-off.

Liverpool still have disciplinary charges outstanding in relation to more fireworks offences and crowd disturbances relating to last week's Europa League final against Sevilla.

Liverpool sign £4.7m German goalkeeper from Mainz

Karius has taken the number one shirt. Credit: PA

Liverpool have completed the signing of Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius for £4.7million.

The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract.

He has taken the number one shirt as it is understood the German asked for that number - current first-choice Simon Mignolet is 22 - and manager Jurgen Klopp agreed he could have it.

Karius will provide much-needed competition for Mignolet, whose position has not been threatened since arriving three years ago despite a number of unconvincing performances.

The goalkeeper is Klopp's third signing since taking over in October, having secured deals in January for Schalke centre-back Joel Matip and Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic to join this summer.

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