Johnson: Reds will be a force

The England international has endured long periods of frustration

since making the move to Anfield from Portsmouth in the summer of

2009. He could not help the Reds qualify for the Champions League

last season under Rafa Benitez and was criticised by Roy Hodgson at

the start of this term following a series of disappointing

performances. Injuries have also hampered Johnson’s progress and he

now finds his place under threat from youngsters such as Martin

Kelly and John Flanagan. However, the right-back maintains that he

never looks back at the moment he came to the club and wishes he

had made a different decision. Johnson feels the Reds are heading

in an exciting direction under Kenny Dalglish and new owners Fenway

Sports Group, and is eager to play a part. Asked if he had any

regrets about joining Liverpool, Johnson told the Daily Telegraph:

“No. Not at all. “I definitely see my future here. It has never

entered my head that I made the wrong choice. “I am not the sort of

person who, just because things are going badly, would jump ship.

“It was difficult for the club at the start of this season but we

are over the hill now and everything is looking bright. “The new

owners coming in was like a cloud being lifted. Everyone feels like

we are over the worst of it, we have fantastic owners, a fantastic

manager and a fantastic coaching staff. With a few signings this

summer, we will be a force.” Johnson knows from his time at Pompey

how important it is to have stability at a club, and he is enjoying

life with Liverpool since FSG took control. “They have spent a lot

of money,” he said. “If it was me, I wouldn’t spend that much

unless I was dedicated to it. “They do not want to be part of the

club, they want to take it on. Why else would they buy it? It is

exciting times. “Kenny has brought the smile back to everyone’s

faces, and Steve Clarke [the first-team coach] has been fantastic.

“I feel a lot more settled now than I did. I had always lived in

London before. It was a big change.”