Roy Hodgson reserved plenty of praise for Glen Johnson after his impressive display in Liverpool`s 3-0 win over West Ham.
Johnson, who missed the last three matches with a groin injury, was criticised by Hodgson nearly a fortnight ago for failing to display the form which had made him an England international.
Apart from his goal, the right-back showed that had taken on board what had been said and was starting to rediscover that form.
"It was very good. I think Glen profited from the fact he has been obliged to undergo an enforced rest with the injury but has been fit and trained hard all week," said the Reds boss.
"He was full of running, enthusiasm and energy and scored the important first goal. His performance, as for all of the back four, was pretty-nigh perfect."
Asked whether he thought the criticism of Johnson had sparked a response, Hodgson joked: "If that is the case I'd better get you (the media) to stir up a bit more mischief. I'll start it with all the players if it can get the best out of them. Glen is a top-class player and it was nice to see him playing so well."