Everyone at Liverpool needs to be patient, admits Glen Johnson
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson warns Reds supporters that it will take time for Brendan Rodgers to transform the club
Glen Johnson has warned Liverpool supporters that it will take time for Brendan Rodgers to turn the club’s fortunes around.
The Reds have endured a difficult start to the Premier League season, losing to West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal, while drawing with Manchester City.
The England international underlined the importance of Liverpool turning Anfield into a fortress again after slumping to their fifth league defeat at home this year against the Gunners on Sunday.
“Anything new is going to take time to mould [together], but the lads are working hard every day to try and make the success come together,” Johnson said.
“Everyone needs to be patient, including the players. We need to make Anfield a place where no team wants to come or can enjoy their football. We need to get on top of teams from the start and try and make it as difficult as possible for them for the 90 minutes.”
He added: “When Brendan is talking, you’re so focused on what he’s saying,” added Johnson. “He gets your attention 100 per cent. You can be in a meeting for half an hour with him, but it’ll feel like 10 minutes.
“It’s clear for everyone to see the way Brendan wants us to play. He did fantastic at Swansea and he’s a fantastic coach.”
Johnson also believes it is important the senior players help youngsters such as Raheem Sterling make the step up to the first-team.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads and everyone makes everyone feel welcome,” said Johnson.
“Raheem is 17 years old but you make him feel like one of the lads because he is and he deserves to be here. It makes him feel more comfortable – and more comfortable when he’s going into games, which is going to help him and the team.
“You have to encourage the young lads. When I first came through, I had people like Stuart Pearce and other big players helping me.
“Raheem is a fantastic player as it is, so if he keeps working hard and doing the right things, he’s going to be a great player.”