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Liverpool: Johnson Hails Current Squad's Ability

Liverpool: Johnson Hails Current Squad's Ability

Defender Glen Johnson has lauded the club's strength in depth and described the current group of players as the 'best' he has been a part of...

Such has been the turnover in personnel at Anfield over the past few years, England international Glen Johnson is now one of Liverpool's longest-serving players.

The 29-year-old arrived on Merseyside from Portsmouth in the summer of 2009 alongside the likes of Andriy Voronin, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Maxi Rodriguez and Alberto Aquilani.

All of the other signings have long since departed, along with the then manager Rafa Benitez who left the following summer after the Reds, out of the Champions League by Christmas, stumbled to a seventh place finish in the Premier League.

Subsequent spells under the leadership of Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and now Brendan Rodgers leave Johnson well placed to assess the current situation.

As does the fact that many of his 150-odd appearances for the club have come alongside former stars such as Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher.

"We've had some fantastic players in the past that have obviously moved on," analysed Johnson to

"But in terms of a squad and starting XI, I think it's the best since I've been around."

Although Liverpool are currently flying high in second, it's personally been a stop-start season for the No.2.

An ankle injury sustained in September's win over Manchester United ruled Johnson out for six weeks and he also missed last weekend's defeat to Arsenal through illness.

His latest return couldn't have gone much better though with Liverpool thrashing Fulham 4-0 on Saturday.

Reflecting on the result, Johnson said: "Every good team bounces back after a disappointing result. To do that with a clean sheet and four goals is an ideal day.

"When we lose the ball, for the next few seconds we want to try to win it back as quickly as possible. A few of our goals came from that and I think we looked good today.

"We've got to make this a difficult place for teams to come and play, and easier for us to play and get the points.

"If we keep working like that, and as we have done in the week, I'm sure we're going to give every team a good game."

The fixture saw the club revert to a traditional back four after a period spent operating a 3-5-2 but, whether selected at right-back or right wing-back, Johnson doesn't seem to mind.

"I don't have a preference - some formations work better against different teams," added the former Chelsea man.

"I don't mind if I'm playing right-back or right wing-back - it's pretty much a similar job."

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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Monday November 11 2013
Time: 9:24PM

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