Liverpool’s Glen Johnson: Wing-back role suits me

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson says he is relishing playing a wing-back role in the Reds starting line-up

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Glen Johnson says he is relishing his right wing-back role in the Liverpool side.

Brendan Rodgers’ men, who are currently third in the Premier League table, take on early pace-setters Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

And the England international feels he is perfectly suited to the manager’s preferred 3-5-2 system which allows Johnson to push forward and join his side’s attacks.

“It’s ideal for me. Sometimes players play in different positions and things like that but I think the wing-back role suits me and it’s just good to be back playing again,” Johnson told Liverpool’s website.

“It all depends on the game itself, really, but I’ve got more freedom to go forward. Obviously it’s difficult to be box to box for 90 minutes, almost impossible, so you have to play the game as it comes, go forward at the right times and defend at the right times.

“Hopefully I can get some goals. Every player enjoys scoring goals and the more you get the better it is for the team.”

Johnson returned from a knee injury to play a part in a 4-1 win against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, and the 29-year-old defender is feeling in good shape ahead of the Gunners clash.

“I’m fine for Saturday. I’ve had a sore knee for a few weeks, but it’s nothing to worry about and I just came off as a precautionary measure, really.

“It’s always a difficult period when you are injured and you are watching training and seeing the lads playing in the games, which is exactly what you want to do. It’s hard at times, but it is part of the job and you’ve just to grind them days out.”

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