Johnson closing on competitive return

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Liverpool full back Glen Johnson is hoping to feature against Norwich City this weekend after stepping-up his return last night.

The England international defender played 66 minutes in the 1-0 friendly defeat to Rangers at Ibrox, coming through a match for the first time since suffering a hamstring strain in August unscathed.

However, the 27-year-old is well aware that he faces a fight to get his first team place in the side back, with Martin Kelly impressing in the absence of the former Portsmouth and Chelsea star.

"It was just fantastic to be back playing again. Obviously I've been a long time out and it's been a hard few months for me but fingers crossed I'm over all that now," he told the official Liverpool website.

"The last two injuries were pretty much on the same spot and it's been difficult to try to stay positive. It's always disappointing when you are nearly fit and then it goes again but hopefully that's all behind me now.

"I want to push on from this and we all want to get three points against Norwich. Martin has done really well as have all the lads since I've been out and hopefully that will continue. We've got good competition in every position and it's good for the club."

It was a night to remember for Brazilian international Lucas too, with the midfielder taking the captain's armband for the match against the Gers.


Despite going down to Lee McCulloch's first-half strike, the 24-year-old believes there were positives to be taken from the clash.

"It was special for me. I am still young and haven't had the chance to be a captain. Of course I would have liked another result to have a better record, but I am really proud to have been the captain. It means a lot to me at such a big club like Liverpool," he told LFC TV.

"We saw a few players coming back from injury like Fabio, Glen and Agger. They are getting their fitness back so it was important for this game. Now we will concentrate on the Barclays Premier League."

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