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Liverpool morning news: Johnson praises manager for sticking to philosophy, team-mates face up at Wembley

A selection of the latest stories related to Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Glen Johnson has been full of praise for manager Brendan Rodgers in an interview with the Daily Mail, and has said the Liverpool boss deserves credit for sticking with his philosophy when the going got tough.

Johnson said: "Some managers like the thought of playing the way Brendan does but haven’t got the confidence or knowhow to pull it off. Others would probably have panicked and changed their philosophy just to try and win. But Brendan was mentally strong enough and knew what he was trying to implement was right and that once we grabbed hold of it we would be a success"

It means that Liverpool have made terrific progress this season. In the last campaign at this stage Liverpool were 29 points off the top, instead of the four point deficit they have now.

The defender said: "Our goal at the start of the season was to finish in the top four and that is still our minimum aim. Finishing third, second or winning the title is a bonus but we are in a good position."

Liverpool's vice-captain Daniel Agger has said he is looking forward to facing up to team-mate Daniel Sturridge in tonight's friendly between England and Denmark at Wembley.

Agger - who will captain the Danish side - said: "It's going to be a bit test for me as he has been in great form for us.

"Daniel has been scoring a lot of goals and has proven himself at a top level."

England boss Roy Hodgson seems to be highlighting the success of Liverpool's players this season as the catalyst for success for the national side going forward, whilst Steven Gerrard has been full of praise for 19-year-old winger Raheem Sterling.

Gerrard said: "Raheem's the type of player you pay good money to go and see. He gets you off your seat.

"People will see him as a small boy who can be bullied, a weak player. But he is the opposite, he's strong and robust and the pace he has is electric. He will be a big player for this country for a long time."


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