Pressure will be on boss Brendan Rodgers to challenge this season after being backed heavily by the Liverpool hierarchy, with players like Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke arriving at Anfield.
However, Johnson feels that the club’s new signings aren’t any better than what they previously had as he assessed the Reds’ squad ahead of their upcoming Premier League opener.
“They’ve made some signings, but not ones that are going to walk straight into the team. They’ve lost Raheem who was an important player, so I wouldn’t say it’s a better squad than last year,” he told The Mirror.
While Johnson feels that his former club have made a bit of hash of their transfer dealings, the Reds have undoubtedly added players in key areas which will give them something different.
Nathaniel Clyne will give them a better attacking option from right-back, James Milner adds more presence in the middle while Christian Benteke is a clear upgrade in the striker department.
Rodgers has been given the tools to mount a proper challenge on the top four, although his biggest task will be integrating his new signings and getting them to adapt to his unique way of playing.