The Liverpool right-back had an outstanding game earlier today. But what did the fans think?
Liverpool’s 1-0 victory against Manchester United earlier today was an outstanding collective effort. While there was little goal-mouth action – aside from Daniel Sturridge’s deft early header – it was a game full of a different kind of entertainment.
Defensively Liverpool were fantastic. And while Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Jose Enrique all played their part, along with a tremendous performance from Lucas in midfield, it was Glen Johnson who stood out.
In my post-match player ratings, the England right-back was a stonewall 10.
While many may be used to the buccaneering Johnson, bursting down the right wing, joining in with Liverpool’s attacks and taking a long-range shot or two, today we saw a more reserved but no less impressive performance. In fact it was more impressive, because Johnson stood firm against whatever United threw at him.
Be that Patrice Evra, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck or Nani, Johnson didn’t put a foot wrong against any of them. And were it not for some fine last-minute interventions on his part, it is unlikely Liverpool would have maintained their record of not conceding a goal all season.
It is easy to see 1-0 wins and praise the goal-scorer – especially when the same man has been responsible for all three strikes – but Liverpool’s defence is beginning to look if not impenetrable than certainly a significant challenge to break through.
United couldn’t manage it this afternoon. To be honest they didn’t even get close. And before he went off injured, Johnson was one of the main reasons for that.
Prior to the match, the right-back believed David Moyes' presence in the away dug-out would “add a little more spice” to proceedings.
As it was the visiting manager proved inconsequential. Johnson made sure of that.
Following his outstanding performance, here is a selection of tweets on the Liverpool defender:
@glen_johnson u were the best player on the pitch today...wish u well with the ankle— Jarred Solomon (@solotilt) September 1, 2013
@glen_johnson great game! Stay strong. U will be back sooner than u think.— Alwin Hill (@always_win_aj) September 1, 2013
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@glen_johnson brilliant perfomance, you're man of the match! waiting for the positive news from scanning. Good luck!— Макаров Виталий (@makarov51) September 1, 2013
Watch how Glen Johnson played today then watch how Kyle Walker played today. Then decide who's England's best right back... #johnson— Simon Dunn (@SimonDDunn) September 1, 2013
@glen_johnson Excellent game Glenn. You did the shirt proud today!— Delbossco (@delbossco1) September 1, 2013
@glen_johnson best player on the pitch up until you had to come off.— Ad K (@aKerby01) September 1, 2013
I'd take Glen Johnson over Kyle Walker any day of the week. Any day, everyday. #LFC— Fehzan Vayani (@Vayanovic) September 1, 2013
Glen Johnson showed again today that he's England's best right back. #doonewalker— Steven Edwards (@stevie_edwards) September 1, 2013