While talks over a new deal for the England man have stalled, Johnson has been training hard as he looks to overcome a thigh injury and he seems ready to target a return after the international break.
“It’s been frustrating for me as no player wants to be injured. I feel good and it’s about match fitness now. The body feels good so I just need to get some training sessions and I can take it from there,” Johnson is quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“I would have preferred the international break to have come next week so I could declare myself fit and available for England.”
Johnson’s return to the Liverpool side can provide a boost for different reasons with his experience a factor, which could improve the current record of the back four.
He was also a vital component of the defence, which nearly helped Liverpool to a Premier League title last season, which demonstrates how consistent he can be over a long period when fit and available.
However, Johnson may well be eager to return to action but it’s not going to be at all easy.
Javi Manquillo has done a decent job since arriving at the club on loan from Atletico Madrid and will be difficult for Johnson to dislodge.
On the one hand, Brendan Rodgers is under pressure because the recent results of the side haven’t been productive, with the win against West Brom halting a run of two defeats and a draw in the league.
On the other hand, it’s a risk for him to throw Johnson back into the team because he’s not had a great deal of competitive football under his belt so far this season.
He gives Rodgers different options for his back four but he may not go straight back into the team.