The speculation surrounding Liverpool players wanting to leave the club continues. The latest name now is Glen Johnson. Apparently Johnson is not happy with Roy Hodgson following what Hodgson said about Johnson on Friday. Reports suggest that Hodgson said, ‘To be frank, he has not performed up to now to the level I would expect of him. You would have to ask him the question, “Do you think you are playing at top form and are you playing like the best right-back in the country for your club?” If he says yes, we will have to agree to differ. And if he says No, then you have to ask the question, why not?’
Now Glen Johnson’s management team is set to meet with new director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, this week to make it clear the £18million England man has no faith left in Hodgson’s ‘boring’ style of play. Johnson’s team will also claim the boss rushed the defender back from a groin injury, leading to further setbacks.
If all of this speculation is true, it may signal the end of Johnson’s time at Liverpool and I am sure there will be quite a few clubs ready to sign him. I am not sure we will get the £18million we spent on him back but hopefully we will not make a major loss if we sell him.
I am not the biggest Johnson fan as I do not rate him at a right back but given the chance as a right midfield player, I am sure he will be great. His defending is far from being the best in the world and it confuses me why managers still insist on playing him at right back. Maybe that is why Johnson is not happy with Hodgson, maybe he wants to play in the right of midfield.
There is no smoke without a fire in my opinion and Johnson is the second player to come out and say he is not happy with Hodgson’s tactics after Daniel Agger was also thought to have said the same thing a few weeks back. I, as a fan am also not overly impressed with Hodgson’s tactics so we surely can not all be wrong.
What do you make of this whole situation and how would you feel if we were to sell Johnson?