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Everyone wants Liverpool to win title - Johnson

ESPN staff
March 24, 2014
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Glen Johnson has claimed that Liverpool are the neutrals' favourites to win the Premier League this season.

Liverpool made it six wins from as many league matches to keep up their assault on the title on Saturday, responding to Chelsea's 6-0 victory over Arsenal by by beating Cardiff 6-3 to stay four points behind the leaders with a game in hand.

With third-placed Manchester City and Chelsea still to play at Anfield next month, Brendan Rodgers' side are well-placed to claim the club's first league title since 1990.

"Just to spice things up the neutrals would want to see us win it," said Johnson, who claims he is finally back to his best after a series of injuries this season.

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Rodgers claims opponents fear Liverpool's attacking threat © PA Photos

"Nobody wants the same teams to be winning it over and over again. I guess the neutrals will be packing a punch for us. We must be good to watch.

"People watch football to enjoy themselves, to see goals and exciting football. We provide that. I think people will be rooting for us as we will be something different.

"We are not getting caught in the pressure of being title contenders. We just need to carry on doing what we are doing."

Liverpool trailed twice at the Cardiff City Stadium, fighting back from 1-0 and 2-1 down with Luis Suarez scoring a hat-trick.

"That is one of our main attributes at the moment,' Johnson continued. "We don't panic if things aren't going too well.

"We know we have always got goals in the team and to panic wouldn't help anyone. We got in at half-time level and over 45 minutes, we can beat anyone.

"This type of game has been difficult for us in the past after we have had after a big win. Everyone at the club was so high last week and it could have been difficult to raise ourselves to the same heights but we showed our character.

"Those three points were just as important as the ones at United."

The added significance of both the most recent Liverpool wins is the message they have sent out to rivals.

The team's style under manager Brendan Rodgers has been developing all season and seems to have become firmly established in the minds of opponents.

It is a threatening, attacking approach which leaves defenders little scope for error and players further forward barely a moment to consider their next pass.

Rodgers has made the most of the players at his disposal, with talents such as Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge making a big impact, and is pleased they are having an intimidating effect.

"I know as a manager, when you are stood on that touchline, the thing you fear most in a game is the opponent and their offensive threat," Rodgers said.

"You are playing against a team who can score from anywhere, any angle, and a team that can dominate the ball.

"That's something we have developed and cultivated here; it's not something that was presented to us. Some of these other teams have spent a hell of a lot of money and are still looking to get that.

"I'm sure they will have confidence in their own way of doing it, but the confidence and belief in our own game, and our mental resilience, are improving.

"We know we can go into any game and, if we fall behind, it should give us confidence that if we stay calm, stay focused, we can win it.

"Between now and the end of the season we're going to have games like the one in Cardiff where teams don't want to open up the spaces for us because we are so clinical on the counter-attack."

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