The Reds badly need their experienced fullback back to full health…
Liverpool and England fullback Glen Johnson could be back healthy and playing in around two weeks time, his manager Brendan Rodgers hopes, reports Sky Sports.
Johnson suffered an ankle injury during Liverpool’s 1-0 home victory against Manchester United, where was one of the outstanding players until he limped off.
In his absence, Liverpool struggled to a 2-2 draw away at Swansea, and suffered a miserable 0-1 home defeat to Southampton.
“Glen is the type of player that you don’t realise until he’s not in the team, what you are missing,” said the Northern Irish boss.
“He is athletic and he started the season very, very well. Against Manchester United he was outstanding,” Rodgers continued.
In his absence, young Englishman Andre Wisdom has deputised, as has free-transfer signing Kolo Toure. Both are more comfortable at centre-back, and Liverpool have badly missed the width and attacking prowess Johnson supplies down the flank.
“He’s got the boot off his foot and he is working very hard. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks he will be back,” Rodgers said.
The Reds travel to Sunderland at the weekend, who recently sacked the enigmatic Paulo Di Canio after only five games in charge. Traditionally, playing a team immediately after the manager loses the job is tricky, and Liverpool will have to step up their performance level, with Luis Suarez returning from suspension.