DANIEL AGGER pleaded his innocence after being sent off in Liverpool FC’s 3-0 defeat at West Brom on the opening day of the Premier League season.
The Danish centre-back insisted referee Phil Dowd had made “a mistake” by dismissing him for a professional foul on Baggies striker Shane Long in the second half.
Agger insisted he hadn’t touched the Republic of Ireland striker and wants the Reds to appeal against the one-game suspension which would keep him out of this Sunday’s league clash with champions Manchester City at Anfield.
“Referees are only human. They make mistakes as well,” said Agger.
“For me I was unlucky to be involved in one of the mistakes. It’s frustrating but that’s part of the game. The referee is in charge and we just have to respect it.
“I’ve seen it again and again on the television and there is no contact. The referee has made the decision and we can’t change it now.”
Asked if an appeal would be lodged, Agger said: “Of course,” but Liverpool have yet to make that decision and will be wary of the fact that if it’s deemed frivolous by the FA then the ban could be doubled.
Agger believes the decision to send him off wrecked the Reds’ hopes of taking something from the game.
Brendan Rodgers’ side already trailed to Zoltan Gera’s strike but had started the second half brightly.