Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has stated that he has always seem Brendan Rodgers is one of the top managers in the world. The former Swansea manager did not experience success immediately after taking over at Liverpool in 2012.

However, he is reaping the rewards for sticking to his tactics even during the troubled times, as Liverpool have been able to demolish opponents with great ease this campaign. This is coupled to the top of the table with just five matches remaining. They have an opportunity to cement their place at the top of the table with a win over title rivals Manchester City, who are the visitors to Anfield this weekend.

After an injury ravaged first half of the campaign, Johnson is slowly coming back to his best. He was recently described by Rodgers as the best right back in the world. Johnson has sort of responded to this compliment by saying that he has always regarded Rodgers as a great manager. Rodgers has accepted that he has never been in this position – challenging for the title – before, but he is sticking to the underdogs tag. City and Chelsea are the other teams involved in the title race, while no team has managed to win the title after finishing seventh in the previous season.

“Brendan was always in among the first team when he was there. He took some of the training sessions, he would always work closely with Mourinho and you could see that in training. I always thought he had the potential to become a top manager, if that was what he wanted. Obviously, I didn’t know what his aims were then but you could see the way he was with the players – he enjoyed seeing them improve,” said Johnson, who has worked with the manager previously at Chelsea.