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Johnson: Awful reds must pull together

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England defender Glen Johnson concedes Liverpool are in "awful" form as they confront the end of their Barclays Premier League title dreams.

Johnson was man of the match as Liverpool struggled to a 2-2 draw with Birmingham on Monday but the result means the Reds have won only one of their last nine matches and now face further injury problems, with Albert Riera and Yossi Benayoun out for at least three weeks with hamstring injuries.

"The record sounds awful and it is awful for a club like Liverpool. But things like this happen in football. You stick together and keep fighting," said Johnson.

"We have seen in the league that everyone can beat everyone; if someone had told you at the start of the season that we'd win one in nine, you'd have laughed your head off.

"We will just look to get as many points as we can as quickly as possible then have a look at the end of the season and see where we are."

Johnson's raiding down the right was a real plus for Liverpool as they struggle to get their season back on track, the full-back having returned from calf and groin problems that kept him out of the defeat at Fulham and the Champions League draw in Lyon.

He said: "Unfortunately we have picked up a couple more injuries but the sooner we get the lads back together the better it will be for everyone.

"I am one of the worst when it comes to being injured. I can barely watch when that happens and all you want to do is help out.

"You just have to listen to your body. I have had a problem with my groin and torn my calf. It has been very frustrating but now I am looking to get going properly."

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