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Johnson eager to extend streak

SoccerNews in English Premier League 12 Dec 2012

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Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson wants his side to build on their back-to-back wins over Southampton and West Ham.

While the Reds are 10th in the Premier League, they are only four points off the Champions League spots after a 3-2 away victory over West Ham on Sunday.

England international Johnson, who scored in the win at Upton Park, hopes his side make their home advantage count in the next couple of weeks against Aston Villa and Fulham.

“It’s important to get back-to-back wins,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “We’ve probably played a lot better than our points total suggests this season, but it’s great to now have two wins on the bounce.

“We’ve got a week now to prepare for the next game, and we have a couple of home games to come, so we can really try and push on and climb up the league.

“It’s a tight league. Anyone can beat anyone these days, so you have to be on top of your game no matter who you are playing.

“That’s why it is one of the best leagues in the world. No-one can guess what is going to happen.”

Striker Luis Suarez was suspended over the weekend with Jonjo Shelvey stepping in and delivering an impressive performance.

Johnson feels Shelvey did well playing out of position, and insists the result proves Liverpool are not a one-man team.

“Any team is going to miss Luis Suarez,” Johnson said. “But we have players here who can step in and do a job. The players and the staff have never thought that we are a one-man team.

“We play the way we play, with or without Luis. I thought Jonjo did fantastically well on Sunday. He got into a few good positions, and grew into the role.”

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