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Liverpool form down to dressing room spirit - Johnson

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Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson believes that his side’s current good form comes down to the positive atmosphere in the Anfield dressing room.

The Reds are third in the Premier League, level on points with second placed Chelsea and two behind leaders Arsenal who they face at the Emirates this weekend.

And Johnson believes that the reason for their improvement this season is team spirit.

“We’ve always had a good mood in the dressing room,” the 29-year-old defender told the Liverpool club website.

“There’s a good bunch of lads, everyone’s willing to work hard and I think that’s showing in the games. Everyone’s willing to fight for each other.”

The England international has only made five Premier League appearances so far this season with a knee injury ruling him out during September and the first half of October, but should have no problems facing Arsenal this weekend.

“I’m fine for Saturday,” said Johnson, “I’ve had a sore knee for a few weeks, but it’s nothing to worry about and I just came off as a precautionary measure (against West Brom) really.”

Liverpool signed four new defenders this summer with centre-backs Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori joining the club for a combined total of over £30 million.

Left-back Aly Cissokho also joined on loan from Valencia, but the Merseysiders have no direct replacement for Johnson at right-back.

While Kolo Toure and Jordan Henderson have both been filling in defensively, Johnson feels that he should go straight back into the starting line-up.

“It’s ideal for me,” he said. “Sometimes players play in different positions and things like that but I think the wing-back role suits me and it’s just good to be back playing again.

“I’ve got more freedom to go forward. Obviously it’s difficult to be box to box for 90 minutes, almost impossible, so you have to play the game as it comes, go forward at the right times and defend at the right times.

Johnson is yet to score this season, but added: “Hopefully I can get some goals. Every player enjoys scoring goals and the more you get the better it is for the team.”

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