GLEN JOHNSON hailed Liverpool’s fighting spirit after they rallied to force a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Reds fell behind to John Terry’s first-half header and were fortunate not to be further adrift after a one-sided opening 45 minutes.
However, Brendan Rodgers’ side battled back in the second half and drew level courtesy of Luis Suarez’s 11th goal of the season to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to six games.
Liverpool could even have won it late on but the full-back insists they were satisfied to have taken a share of the spoils against his former club.
“If we had been offered a point before the game we probably would have taken it,” said Johnson.
“Playing away at Stamford Bridge, it was always going to be difficult. Chelsea are very strong at home and we were expecting a tough game.
“We didn’t start well, they got the goal and usually when Chelsea go in front here they win.
“A lot of teams would have rolled over and ended up getting destroyed by four or five.
“But we have a great spirit in the dressing room and a lot of heart. We always fight to the death. We did that and got our reward. They had a tough game in Europe in the week and I think that showed in the last 15 minutes as Chelsea tired a little bit.
“We were strong and in the closing stages we really drove at them. He could have got all three points in the end but overall I think we’ve got to be happy with the draw.”
The result leaves Rodgers’ side 13th in the Premier League – eight points adrift of the top four but Johnson is convinced they will soon climb the table.
“Of course we want to be winning games but today was a good point for us,” he added.
“Everyone can see we are starting to improve and if we keep playing well I’m sure the results will come our way.”
Suarez scored for the fourth successive away league game when he headed home after Jamie Carragher had flicked on Suso’s corner.
“Luis is a great player and he doing a fantastic job for us,” said Johnson.
“He’s scoring goals for fun at the moment and the longer he does that the happier we will be.”
A large number of Rodgers’ squad left the capital to link up with their international squads ahead of Wednesday’s friendlies. Suarez’s Uruguay are away to Poland.
Steven Gerrard needed treatment on a knee injury suffered in yesterday’s game but he is expected to be fit to make his 100th England appearance against Sweden in Stockholm.
The Reds skipper will be assessed today but Jonjo Shelvey, who missed the match at Chelsea with a minor thigh problem has been withdrawn from the squad.