Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Johnson confident of turning around things

Glen Johnson is confident Liverpool can turn around their "awful" run of form despite Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera adding to the club's injury problems.

With Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres both struggling for fitness in recent weeks, Liverpool have won only one of their last nine games and they needed a highly controversial penalty to secure a 2-2 draw at home to Birmingham on Monday.

The match also saw Benayoun and Riera both ruled out for at least three weeks with hamstring injuries, while Daniel Agger has suffered a slight recurrence of a back problem. The extra absentees will increase the pressure on Liverpool as they trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by 11 points and look set to exit the Champions League at the group stage.

However, Johnson, who has just returned from groin and calf injuries, feels they can still turn their run of form around despite their problems.

"The record sounds awful and it is awful for a club like Liverpool, but things like this happen in football," he said. "You stick together and keep fighting. We have seen in the league that everyone can beat everyone.

"If someone had told you at the start of the season that we'd win one in nine, you'd have laughed your head off. We will just look to get as many points as we can as quickly as possible then have a look at the end of the season and see where we are.

"Unfortunately, we have picked up a couple more injuries but the sooner we get the lads back together the better it will be for everyone. I am one of the worst when it comes to being injured. I can barely watch when that happens and all you want to do is help out.

"You just have to listen to your body. I have had a problem with my groin and torn my calf. It has been very frustrating but now I am looking to get going properly."

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