Johnson and Roy clear the air

Hodgson publicly criticised Johnson’s form this season claiming the
full-back had yet to show why he was England’s first-choice at
right-back. The pair have played down the row and Johnson marked
his return from injury on Saturday with a goal and a
man-of-the-match display in the 3-0 victory over his former club
West Ham. Johnson has spoken to Hodgson about his comments and he
admits he has yet to find his best form so far this campaign.
“Believe me, no-one wants me to find my best form more than me, and
I was aware of what I had to do,” admitted Johnson. “It was a
little reminder from the boss, he told me that was what he meant by
it. “We spoke, and he explained he wanted it to help me, to push me
and I said to him then, I don’t need people to tell me, I know
where I’m at in terms of form, and I knew it all already. “The
gaffer told me he has faith in my ability, we spoke and we cleared
things up. Sometimes comments like that can be made to look more
negative than they are meant. “The boss explained that he didn’t
mean it in a negative way, just that he knew I had more to offer
than I was showing, and wanted to get that from me.” Johnson had
missed six of Liverpool’s previous seven games prior to the West
Ham encounter with a number of niggling injuries and he concedes
they have affected his form. “No player wants to be injured, and it
has been frustrating to me, to be out for so long,” added Johnson.
“But that was more like it for me on Saturday. I think it has been
a difficult season for me, but it has been a difficult season for a
lot of teams and a lot of players. You just have to keep doing what
you’ve done in the past, and try to reignite some of that form.
“The last seven games I haven’t played, and it is impossible to
improve your form if you are not out there, so it’s been extra
frustrating for me. “I had some niggling injuries at the start of
the season, and when you don’t have that consistency it can affect
your form. I’m not making excuses, but sometimes it is difficult.”