Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has admitted that the team faces a tough challenge in order to replicate the success of last season. After several years of failing to even get into the top four, Liverpool almost won the title before failing towards the end. They finished second and returned back to the Champions League. However, the summer has seen the club undergone several changes in terms of its playing staff. One of the major departures has been Luis Suarez, who has joined Barcelona in a £ 75 million deal.
The huge cash injection has seen Liverpool sign close to 10 players during the summer. They have splashed out close to £ 100 million in the process. Johnson says that the signings will help manager Brendan Rodgers to rotate his team. This is a crucial ingredient in order to keep the players fresh over the course of a long campaign. The additional six matches due to the participation in the Champions League group stages may extend his Liverpool reach the knockout stages. Despite the tough challenges that lay ahead, Johnson says that he is confident of Liverpool achieving glory once again.
Johnson’s position is reportedly under threat since Liverpool are looking to sign a few defenders. Last season, he made only 30 appearances in all competitions due to injuries. “Any team that loses a player like Luis is going to feel it. But we will carry on the way we do, creating chances. I think we were the team who created the most chances last season, we’ve signed some good strikers and I’m sure once they get a chance they will take it. It gets overlooked that we played the first six games of last season without Luis and made a fantastic start, so we can clearly win without Luis,” said Johnson.