Saturday 17 March 2018

Glen Johnson: Neutrals want Liverpool to win the league

England defender believes Anfield club's style of football has made them the fans' choice for the championship

Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their first goal with Glen Johnson at Cardiff City Stadium
Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring their first goal with Glen Johnson at Cardiff City Stadium


Glen Johnson has declared Liverpool the people’s choice to win the Premier League because of their exciting brand of football.

Brendan Rodgers’s side maintained their reputation as the nation’s entertainers with a 6-3 win at Cardiff and Johnson’s believes impartial fans would much prefer the title to return to Anfield rather than to Chelsea or Manchester City.

Liverpool have now scored 82 Premier League goals this season, more than anyone else in the division.

“Just to spice things up the neutrals would want to see us win it,” Johnson said. “Nobody wants the same teams to be winning it over and over again. I guess the neutrals will be packing a punch for us. We must be good to watch.

“People watch football to enjoy themselves, see goals and see exciting football, and I think we do provide that. I think people will be rooting for us because it will be something different.

“I’m not that surprised by how we’re playing. Even last season we were battering teams but not getting the goals. At the moment we are playing well and getting the goals. It’s a case of staying calm and keeping it going.”

Johnson said Saturday’s victory was especially satisfying as it maintained momentum after the previous weekend’s win over Manchester United.

“Over the years this type of game has been the most difficult we have had, after a big win,” he said.

“Everyone at the club was so high last week after beating Man United and it could have been difficult to raise ourselves to the same heights, playing a game that we were expected to win. It showed our character. Those three points were just as important as the ones at United.”

Rodgers’s side face Sunderland at Anfield on Wednesday night.

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