Liverpool morning news, Johnson says Reds are neutrals choice, Rodgers on firepower.

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson thinks the side will have the backing of the neutrals in the Premier League title race this season.

The Reds, who currently sit second, are battling it out with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal as the league enters the business end of the season.

Johnson is quoted in several national newspapers, saying: “Nobody wants to see the same teams winning it over and over again. I guess the neutrals will be packing a punch for us. We must be good to watch.

“People watch football to enjoy themselves, see goals and see exciting football, and I think we do provide that. I think people will be rooting for us because it will be different.”

Manager Brendan Rodgers has said the one thing that teams are afraid of is their opponent’s firepower – as Liverpool passed the 80 goal mark in the Premier League this season at the weekend.

Liverpool came from behind twice in the 6-3 win over Cardiff City to keep up their pursuit of Chelsea at the top of the table – with the Reds remaining four points behind the Blues with a game in hand.

Rodgers is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: “We know we can go into any game and, if we fall behind, it should give us confidence that if we stay calm, stay focused, we can win it.

“Between now and the end of the season we’re going to have games like the one in Cardiff where teams don’t want to open up the spaces for us because we are so clinical on the counter-attack.”

Luis Suarez apologised to Raheem Sterling after the game for not passing to the youngster – but instead taking the opportunity to get a hat-trick against Cardiff.

Suarez told the official Liverpool website: “I went for the hat-trick for my confidence. I apologised to Raheem. I am so happy with the match ball. I feel very good because Liverpool won the game. We are so happy with the performance today.”

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