Johnson builds belief at Liverpool

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Glen Johnson is hoping Liverpool can build on their impressive 2-1 win at Chelsea yesterday (Sunday).

The Reds appeared inspired in the first period, with Maxi Rodriguez giving the visitors a deserved lead at Stamford Bridge. Andre Villas-Boas stirred his side into a second-half response, and Daniel Sturridge equaling from Florent Malouda's low cross.

With the game in the balance, it was Johnson who scored a vital late winner, taking all three points back to Anfield and hopefully building some much-needed momentum.

"We completely dominated the first half but Chelsea are a great side and we knew they would come back at us, but we kept going and kept believing and got the winner," Johnson told the official Liverpool website.

"The lads can take fantastic belief from this victory. We know our last home game was disappointing but then we come to Chelsea and win, which is football sometimes.

"The lads have worked really hard and it has been a tough week with Brad (Jones) losing his little boy and I want to dedicate my goal to Brad and Luca, and I don't know where to begin to start to imagine what he is feeling inside.

"I tried not to celebrate too much because I had some great years during my time at Chelsea but when you get a winner like that it's hard not to celebrate."

The England international endured some serious injury setbacks at the start of the current campaign, but believes he close to his best after the impressive display at his old stomping ground.

Johnson's fitness will come as a major relief to manager Kenny Dalglish, as will the form of midfielder Charlie Adam, and the right back was quick to pay tribute to the efforts of the Scottish international.

"I've been feeling good in training and this was the best I have felt during a match, so hopefully the injuries are behind me now and I can get back to my best.

"If we keep doing well away from home and get our home form right then we will be right up there challenging for the top positions.

"It was fantastic to score the winner and it was a great pass from Charlie. I told him after the game I had been waiting over 75 minutes for that pass! It was brilliant for Charlie because he also played a big role in our opening goal.

Glen Johnson
Premier League

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