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.”