Glen Johnson says side are behind Brendan Rodgers after difficult start

Johnson's winning goal against Stoke City relieved a little of the pressure that has been building on Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has said that everybody is behind manager Brendan Rodgers after a difficult start to the season.

Rodgers has come under a severe amount of pressure so far this season as the Reds have had a bumpy start to the campaign which sees them sitting in the bottom half of the Premier League after 13 games - with some bookmakers pricing him up as amongst the favourites to get the sack.

The Reds got their first Premier League win in a month with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at the weekend courtesy of a brave follow-up header from Johnson, ending a sequence of three consecutive league defeats in a bid to kick-start their season.

Johnson said: “We’re all united behind the manager.

“Nothing has changed from last year. Everyone is fighting for the same cause and we work hard together every day.

“In football you go through sticky patches.

“In the bad times you need to stick together as a squad."

What the squad also needs is players like Johnson popping up with important goals fairly frequently. There has been plenty of talk surrounding where the goals are going to come from with the Liverpool side after the departure of Luis Suarez and the injury problems hampering Daniel Sturridge's ability to make any contribution.

Jordan Henderson has said he wants to add more goals to his game, Rickie Lambert seems to be finding some sort of form after a difficult start to life at the club, but there needs to be more from other areas of the team as they try and weather these difficult games when they don't have their most recognised forward available. 

At the weekend it was a gritty win from Liverpool who are searching for both form and confidence, and they will need more of the same to continue any sort of revival when they visit bottom club Leicester City in the Premier League tomorrow.

Johnson has come under a lot of criticism himself for poor form, and in the first half on Saturday he showed little signs of improvement, but looked better in the second period. More moments like his late intervention against Stoke will be welcome for both the club and the player - especially as it is a man who is currently playing for his future.

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