Right back. There has been very little talk about acquiring players who play in this position. We can understand why though as Liverpool have a couple of players who fulfil this role tremendously. Even though both Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly were injured for some time last season we had a young John Flanagan who did ever so well at fullback. The 18-year-old made 7 appearances for Liverpool last season and I think I speak for all Reds fans when I say that game by game our confidence in him grew. I’m sure we’ll see the academy product feature for Liverpool in some way again next season. We all really expect to see the number 2 spot in the starting 11 hotly contested between Kelly and Johnson though.
Glen Johnson, another one of the now relegated Hammers’ brilliant youth products has clocked in exactly 70 appearances for Liverpool, just over 50 in the league, since leaving Portsmouth in 2009. Now we all love Glen but yes, he has his pros and cons just like everyone else. He is lightning quick and doesn’t struggle to change pace and direction but yet he occasionally gets caught out of position. I have met many England fans who say the man is lazy and ill-disciplined, I totally disagree with this however and believe that Johnson is energetic and just loves to venture forward.
For a player whose signature move is steaming down the flank then cutting in field and having a shot with his left boot, I’d say he does quite well to track back so quickly. He has already scored 5 goals for Liverpool FC and I have no doubt that he will add to that tally. He has a great shot, with either his right or left boot, and has scored some memorable goals in his career. Who could forget his unbelievable volley for Pompey that took goal of the season in the 2008/9 campaign. But fullbacks are there mainly to defend and we often saw Johnson at left back rather than right whilst Kelly was fit. Both of the players have had their injury problems and as Liverpool desperately look to acquire a left back this transfer window I can’t help but feel that Johnson on the left won’t be such a common occurrence next season.