Johnson can provide home comfort Liverpool need

August 24, 2009

Last season, Liverpool dropped too many points against teams from the bottom half of the table and finally it cost them that long awaited title.

It may well be, then, that the signing of the impressive, energetic Glen Johnson at full-back turns out to be a more significant bit of transfer business than the much criticised decision to sell Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid.

With the arrival of Johnson, Liverpool have found an extra man who can torment well-packed defences and the evidence was there in the 4-0 win over Stoke City last week.

What a difference from the two goalless draws Liverpool had against The Potters last season, as Johnson scored one and provided another.

The England man needed no time to establish a good working partnership with the tireless Dirk Kuyt and make the fans see just why Benitez spent so much money to buy a right-back.

It might sound strange to say you can replace a midfield maestro with a defender but that is what Liverpool have done.

As they showed last season, getting the better of your direct rivals is not good enough to win the league — you have to beat just about every other team as well, and a player with Johnson’s aggression and ability to make things happen is going to make a big difference, I expect.

PHOTO: Liverpool’s Glen Johnson celebrates his goal against Stoke City during their Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, August 19, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples

5 comments

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

[...] Reuters Soccer Blog » Blog Archive » Johnson can provide home … [...]

I get the feeling Benitez likes the idea of attacking down the flanks, after signing players like Pennant, Riera and babbel, but they have all been inconsistent. Johnson has looked good so far but Benitez needs him creating mayhem all season.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Everyone knows he is good going forward, it is his defending that will cast doubt on his value at that price. After all, he is a right back.

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive

looks like benitez has a solution to his right back problem-who knows?

Posted by philip bird | Report as abusive

[...] Reuters Soccer Blog » Blog Archive » Johnson can provide home … [...]

i am in love with this blog