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Johnson thrilled with Kop start

20 Aug 2009 - 16:27:13

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has admitted that he could not have hoped for a better start to life on Merseyside.

The £18million full-back has been an instant hit at Anfield, turning in two impressive displays on the right flank.

Despite a miserable opening weekend defeat at Tottenham, the former Portsmouth man produced Liverpool's best moment of the game, bombing forward to win a penalty which Steven Gerrard converted.

On Wednesday, he provided himself with an early birthday present by turning in a man of the match performance in the Reds' 4-0 defeat of Stoke City.

Johnson, who turns 25 this week, netted his first Liverpool goal with a spectacular scissor-kick finish in a performance which delighted the Liverpool faithful, who saw a genuine attacking threat from a full-back for the first time in many years.

"It has been absolutely brilliant for me so far at Liverpool," said the England international.

"The lads and everyone at the club have been fantastic.

"It has been great for me and helped me to settle in here quickly, and that has shown in my performances already so I am delighted."

"It was great to run out at Anfield, and to get the three points and keep a clean sheet made it a perfect night for me. To score a goal made it even better."

Liverpool skipper Gerrard paid tribute to Johnson after his attacking masterclass.

"We saw what Glen will offer this team with the run that won the penalty at Spurs.

"He cut inside and left people for dead. He showed similar form against Stoke and was outstanding on the right for us."


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