Sunday, 21st November 2010

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has praised full back Glen Johnson for answering his call to improve after the England star produced a fine display as the Reds beat West Ham 3-0. Johnson was first on the scoresheet, followed by Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez.

Hodgson had earlier said that Johnson had not been playing well for the Anfield club and had to improve; and the former Fulham manager thought yesterday he did just that.

"He was very good. I think he profited from the fact he’s been obliged to undergo an enforced rest due to injury. It’s taken a while for him to get over it, but he’s been fit all week and has trained"
, said Hodgson. "I thought he was full of running, enthusiasm and energy, and furthermore he scored a very important goal. The first goal in a game like this is always the important once and Glen got it."

Johnson for his part admitted that he had not shown his best thus far in a Liverpool shirt, but said he was delighted to get back to some sort of form.

"I didn’t need to hear it from the boss to know that I hadn’t been playing at my best", said the full back. "I’m an honest man and I know how well I can play, so it was nice to get a goal today."



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