GLEN JOHNSON won’t be short of motivation at West Brom today.
After all the defender was the subject of a public rebuke from Roy Hodgson back in November.
“You would have to ask Glen the question: 'Do you think you're playing at top form and are you playing like the best right-back in the country for your club?' If he says yes obviously we will have to agree to differ,” Hodgson said. “Up to now, to be quite frank, he's not performed to the level I'd expect of him.”
Hampered by injury at the time, Johnson was struggling for form but to pick on him when others at fault were repeatedly defended drove a wedge between player and manager.
Johnson has been transformed since Kenny Dalglish took over and was one of England’s star performers last weekend.
As long as he recovers from an Achilles problem, he will make his 50th league appearance for the Reds today. Hopefully Hodgson will get a close up view of his rapid improvement.
The winner of last week’s competition to win three VIP tickets for today’s game at West Brom was David Nolan from Skelmersdale.