Liverpool fans have had a lot to say about Glen Johnson during his time at Liverpool. When Glen Johnson was signed, we thought we had signed the best right back in the country and that he would be a positive addition to our starting line up. As Johnson’s Liverpool career has gone by, many fans have not been too impressed with Johnson as a right back. Going forward he is a joy to watch but then he leaves himself exposed when he is defending and that has lead to Liverpool conceding a lot of goals which have been Glen Johnson’s fault.
As a result, the most logical move would have been moving Glen Johnson into right midfield or as a right midfielder where he would not have too much defending to do. Neither Rafa nor Hodgson tried playing Johnson in an advanced role but now step in King Kenny. One would have thought that he would be the one to push Glen Johnson forward but instead he has done something that has amazed us as fans and played Glen Johnson at left back in two consecutive games! Who would ever have thought of having Glen Johnson as a left back?
We all know Liverpool have a problem at left back, a role which has been filled by Konchesky and Aurelio. Konchesky is simply not good enough and thus we can not have him start as left back. Aurelio is injury prone and we will not get many games out of him in succession. So what did King Kenny do, play Johnson at left back. It is understandable why Johnson started ahead of Aurelio on Sunday against Everton: Everton have tall players and putting Aurelio against them would have been a tactical blunder. At least Johnson is taller than Aurelio and he held his own against the aerial bombardment Everton offered. Well done Kenny for that call.
Besides the aerial threat Everton posed, Johnson did not do too badly at left back against Everton. He got forward when he needed to and he whipped in the cross that lead to our first goal. Johnson has very little of a left foot, he is easy to mark as you know he is going to turn to his right foot all the time.
I do not think that Dalglish is going to stick with Johnson at left back for the rest of the season although with that said, Johnson will have to step up his game if he wants his position back at right back as Martin Kelly is currently doing well in that position. I still believe Dalglish should move Johnson into right midfield and go out and buy a left back this January and stop with this experiment of Johnson at left back.