Shaughnessy: Dons still contenders

Defender Glen Johnson is adamant Liverpool are not overly
reliant on their star striker Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international has already scored 10 Premier League
goals so far this season while no other Reds player has managed
more than one.

The issue adds further weight to the impression that, if Suarez
does not find the net, neither do Liverpool – as was the case at
Swansea on Sunday when the Merseysiders were held to a goalless
draw.

However, Johnson does not feel the Anfield giants are too
dependent on their ?22million front man.

“We are not relying on Suarez at all,” said the 28-year-old.
“Obviously he is our main striker, but we are not relying on
him.

“It’s everyone’s job to get around him and try and score.

“You need a bit of luck in front of goal and on another day we
might have had

two or three (against Swansea).”

Brendan Rodgers’ side are now eight games unbeaten in the top
flight having recorded four wins and four draws.

And Johnson believes the Reds have a solid base from which to
climb the standings as they prepare to face Tottenham.

“We will keep going and if we do get that bit of luck it will be
okay,” added Johnson. “It is a big game (against Spurs) and
hopefully we will pick up three points.”

Victory in the clash at Pittodrie on Tuesday night would have
allowed the home side to leapfrog Celtic to the summit, ahead of
the Hoops’ own clash with Hearts on Wednesday evening.

But a 3-2 win for Inverness saw them boost their league position
instead, as Terry Butcher’s men moved level on points with Celtic,
albeit having played two games more.

However, Shaughnessy believes the Dons have more to offer and
should not be written off as contenders this season.

Reflecting on the game, the defender told RedTV: “It was
disappointing, especially at home with all our fans expecting.

“It was a chance to get to the top of the league but I’m sure
there will be more if we can get back to the form we’ve been
in.

“It’s not like we’ve dropped down far. There is still a long way
to go and hopefully we’ll be up there come the end.”

Shaughnessy now wants the fans to back Aberdeen again when they
host Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup this weekend.

He added: “Every year, this cup is the big one. You always want
to go as far as you can in the cup.

“It was a tough draw for an early round but we’re at home and
hopefully we will have the fans behind us and will get through to
the next round.”

Meanwhile, Aaron Doran expects Inverness to be boosted by
back-to-back wins over Celtic and Aberdeen when they face Highland
rivals Ross County in the cup.

The winger told the club’s official Youtube channel: “To come
back from behind and win 3-2 at Pittodrie was an unbelievable
result for us.

“We’re joint top of the league at the moment and everything went
well for us.

“All the lads were buzzing in the dressing room and we can’t
wait for our game at the weekend against Ross County.

“It should be another great one and hopefully we can get another
win.

“This was a big week for us, starting at Celtic last
weekend.

“After the 5-1 loss to Motherwell at home, I don’t think anyone
expected us to get two wins from our next two games. It’s just been
brilliant.”