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Johnson urging defensive stability

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Liverpool defender Glen Johnson believes the side must build on a platform of defensive defiance to improve their chances of a top-four Barclays Premier League finish.

Liverpool managed successive clean sheets for only the second time this season in victories over Debrecen in the Champions League and Everton in the past week. Despite those results, Liverpool are out of the Champions League following some disappointing results, although they have now gone five games undefeated ahead of Saturday's trip to revitalised Blackburn.

"We have had two clean sheets on the spin now and hopefully we have got a platform to build on when we go to Blackburn," said Johnson.

"We know that we haven't been picking up the results that people associated with this club expect, but there was no better place to start picking up points than at Goodison Park last weekend.

"Now we want to get on a good run. The next game is all that we can worry about but we want to be pushing up the table and hopefully we have made a start."

And boss Rafael Benitez has revealed that Fernando Torres could make his comeback from injury at Blackburn.

Torres is close to returning to full training after treatment for a serious groin injury and will be given every chance of taking on Blackburn.

However, Torres has improved this week - the final period of a three-week recuperation programme - and Benitez will make a late decision before deciding whether to select him for the trip to Ewood Park.

Benitez says: "The feedback we had about Torres is very positive and he was feeling good.

"We will see how he is in the next training sessions, but it seems as though things are going well."

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