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Glen Johnson has been out injured twice this season with no solid cover at right-wing-back for Liverpool.
Glen Johnson is the perfect fit on the right side for Rodgers’ wing-back system.
He is world-class at getting forward and world-class at getting back and defending.
But Liverpool have already been caught out on two occasions this season, after injuries and illness to Johnson forced him out of the team.
Rodgers has tried and tested several options in place of Johnson, but inevitably has to accept that he has no cover in his squad.
Kolo Toure, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have all been given auditions to deputize for Johnson, and whilst none of them have performed badly on the right side, there have been no sparkling performances either.
Andre Wisdom was also given a chance in the first team, before being sent out on loan to Derby County.
The right-wing back spot could become something of a weak spot for Liverpool in Johnson’s absence, and quality competition for the England international would also be a positive thing.
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