Johnson happy to help Dalglish

England defender not upset about switch to left-back

Johnson: Praise for Kelly

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Glen Johnson has no gripe about being played out of position as part of Kenny Dalglish's rebuilding process at Liverpool.

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The England international was signed as a right-back from Portsmouth by former boss Rafa Benitez in 2009, but he has been used on the left under Dalglish since January's defeat at Blackpool.

Whiston-born Martin Kelly has been playing on the right of defence and, despite the loss at Bloomfield Road, Johnson's switch to the left has been viewed as a positive sign of versatility by coach Steve Clarke.

Liverpool have won their last four matches without conceding a goal, while they also drew with Everton, to move up to sixth in the Premier League and Johnson is happy to do his bit for the team.

"There were no real discussions about it. Kenny said I was playing left-back and that was just fine with me," he told LFC Weekly ahead of Wednesday's expected appearance for England at right-back against Denmark.

Consistent

"The team isn't about me so if I'm asked to do a job elsewhere, whether it be in the short or long-term, I'm happy to give it my best.

"Everyone knows I'm a right-back by trade, but if the team is winning and I'm in the team, it doesn't bother me where I play."

Kelly has been a revelation at right-back since taking Johnson's place when the latter was absent for the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United in early January because his partner had gone into labour.

Johnson said of his 20-year-old team-mate: "Since coming in against Manchester United, he has been very consistent in everything he has done and acted very maturely about the place.

"He deserves to be where he is at the moment and it can only be for the good of the club if it is producing its own again.

"Fans like to see local boys come through and when they do, it gives everyone a lift."

What will be the outcome in the match Denmark vs England?

  • Denmark
  • Draw
  • England