A closer look at Liverpool’s right-back battle
Despite already being sidelined by injury weeks into the season, it has really been a precautionary measure he hasn’t played as he felt his hamstring tighten against Bolton. He has been working with the Sports Science team to strengthen weak areas of his body during the summer, and hopefully this will pay dividends with an extended run of first team action this campaign.
Johnson is slightly more concerning. His injury record since arriving in 2009 is not great. His list of injuries consists of:
July 18th 2009 – Calf Muscle Strain
October 17th 2009 – Ankle/Foot Injury
December 13th 2009 – MCL Knee Ligament Injury
May 1st 2010 – Groin Strain
October 20th 2010 – Hamstring Injury
April 4th 2011 – Hamstring Injury
August 7th 2011 – Thigh Injury
September 10th 2011 – Hamstring Injury
So it looks as if the belief that we will have Kelly and Johnson vying for that right back slot all season maybe a bit of wishful thinking. Hopefully Kelly can begin to improve his fitness with age, but the prospect of Glen Johnson being available for most of the season isn’t too promising. Having Kelly as first choice and Flanagan is backup isn’t too bad, but I would have liked to see a more experienced player such as Johnson ready and waiting in the wings.
Article courtesy of David Tully at Live4Liverpool