The England man is still a major doubt with a calf injury that kept him out of the midweek Champions League draw in Lyon, and he is not expected to be fit to face the midlanders.
But he maintains the current Liverpool squad can still win major honours despite an erratic start to the season.
Johnson said: 'People keep talking about us losing the title, they were doing it after we lost the first game of the season.
'We have got a fantastic group of players here. Everyone has been disappointed with the performances and results because we've got enough about us to do a lot better.
'There has always been a belief that we are equipped to beat any team we face but a lot has gone against us, especially luck, and it has cost us games.'
Liverpool will play a waiting game with the fitness of a string of top stars, including Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, as they prepare for Monday's match.
Striker Torres returned to the club's Melwood training ground yesterday after his whistle-stop trip to Valencia.