Liverpool can step it up without Steven Gerrard, says Glen Johnson

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson is confident the Reds can step it up without captain Steven Gerrard in the coming weeks

Steven Gerrard
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard Photo: Back Page Images

Glen Johnson believes Liverpool are capable of stepping it up against the “bigger teams” despite the absence of Steven Gerrard.

The 33-year-old Reds captain was substituted in the second half of his side’s 4-1 victory over West Ham United due to a hamstring injury.

I am sure we will step it up for the so called bigger teams

Glen Johnson

However, Johnson is confident the Reds have sufficient quality to continue their recent form ahead of clashes against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea.

“Any team without Stevie is going to miss him and hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks but we’ve got a good squad,” Johnson told the Liverpool Echo.

“We’ve bounced back from the defeat to Hull and we couldn’t have done much more in the games against Norwich and West Ham.

“We have scored 20 goals in our last five home games is quite impressive. It is what all the top teams try to do – make their home ground a fortress.

“We have some tough away games coming up. We only worry about the next one and I am sure we will step it up for the so called bigger teams.

“If we can start scoring a few more goals away and pick up a few more points it will blend in nicely with our home record.

“We are good enough to be up there. If we keep picking up points it will take care of itself.”

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