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Despite being first-choice right-back for both club and country for some time now, Glen Johnson has recently failed to show any signs of the form that prompted Liverpool to pay Portsmouth in excess of £18m for his services (via the Telegraph).
Johnson—despite being immensely talented—has perhaps been the beneficiary of a lack of any real competition for places at right-back.
Martin Kelly has suffered endlessly with one injury after another while John Flanagan is still young and learning the ropes.
The England international has suffered his own fair share of injury heartache during his time at Anfield, which has in all probability played a significant part in this writer labelling his Reds' career as inconsistent.
Selected regularly by club managers Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers as well as at international level by Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson, Johnson has always had the backing of those around him.
Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard even named Johnson in his all-time XI of players he had played with throughout his illustrious career.
Johnson possesses all the attributes to be a truly great full-back.
He is big, strong, quick, good in the tackle and has fabulous ability with the ball at his feet—both left and right.
His positioning and awareness, however, need to be worked on because as good as he is going forward, lapses in concentration and lack of positional sense have at times been apparent.
Despite his ability, there have at times this season been occasions when Johnson has simply not been up to scratch.
In the recent 3-3 derby draw with Everton, he was time and time again caught out of position and had Simon Mignolet to thank for sparing his blushes.
For somebody usually so comfortable in possession, during the recent 3-1 defeat to Hull, Johnson appeared bereft of ideas.
On more than one occasion, he was hesitant when in control of the ball and, as a result, gifted Hull possession and at times simply passed the ball sloppily into touch.
Johnson can be a big player for the Reds over the festive season as his ability going forward is as good arguably as good as anyone in his position in the Premier League.
He now needs to put all the attributes he clearly has into practice and become the marauding full-back all Reds fans know he can be.
Do you agree that the three players selected need to up their game or are their others who deserve a mention?
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