Johnson relishing big occasion

Liverpool defender determined to soak up FA Cup final experience

Glen Johnson: Defender looking forward to special occasion

Glen Johnson is determined to make the most of every moment of the FA Cup Final, after thieves marred his victory with Portsmouth in 2008.

The right-back had his medal stolen in the aftermath of Pompey's win over Cardiff, but says the whole experience of a final is special.

Liverpool meet Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday and Johnson is looking forward to the build-up to the game.

He told Liverpoolfc.tv: "I remember everything. It's hard to describe how it felt walking out at Wembley, but those are the moments you work hard for. The days you work day in, day out to achieve. That's what you play football for - to win trophies. So it's great memories.

"It's hard to describe how it felt walking out at Wembley, but those are the moments you work hard for."

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"It's great to see the rivalries between the two sets of fans. The fans are excited on the day leading up to it, and the night before. The whole build-up is fantastic."

Stolen

But Johnson was left with just memories from that day four years ago after his medal was stolen from the team hotel.

He continued: "After the final the club had booked a meal and a night out for everybody. When we went back to the hotel before the meal, we put our medals in our rooms, and I hid mine in a bag, in another bag, in another bag, but we got back and I woke up the next morning and it wasn't there.

"Thankfully they made us another one. That one's in a safe place!"

Chelsea

Despite playing for Chelsea for four years, the 27-year-old insists that playing against his former employers makes no difference to him.

He said: "It doesn't add extra spice for me. I take it as any other game, but it's a big occasion.

"It's going to be a difficult game. Any game in the final, you know it's going to be against a good team because everybody rises to the occasion.

"It's great for the club to be in another final and we'll look to try and get another trophy."

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