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Is Johnson’s Injury a Small Blessing in Disguise for Liverpool?

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During Liverpool’s 1 – 0 win against Manchester United, Glen Johnson had to go off with an injured ankle. It is uncertain how long he will be out for, but reports are saying that it could be up to ten weeks. Andre Wisdom came on to replace the right back for the rest of the game.

Glen Johnson is a key player for this Liverpool side, an experienced head among a lot of youth. He is arguably one of the best fullbacks in the game right now. His impact going forward, providing width for his side is immense, while defensively he can shut down some of the best wingers. Over the last couple of years Liverpool have seen Johnson do extremely well, but he is peaking and will not be able to play forever. At the age of 29, he is approaching his thirties and the backend of his career. Brendan Rodgers will be looking to the future and trying to sort out his future right back.

Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom are both competent at right back and also play centrally. They are young at the ages of 23 and 20 and have big futures ahead of them. Wisdom was Johnson’s replacement in the last game and would be expected to cover for Johnson while he is injured. Last season he was very impressive when he played for the first team. Martin Kelly was injured for most of last season, but in previous seasons he has shown that he is competent when playing at first team level.

With the injury to Glen Johnson, either Andre Wisdom or Martin Kelly will get a chance to play and develop. Playing at first team level regularly is the next step for both of these young, talented players and every chance they get, is another chance to develop and grow. Glen Johnson’s injury opens the door for them to do so and could be beneficial in the longer term.

 

 

Comments (4)

  1. Neither player is a right back but somebody will have to do until the Jan. transfer window. Don’t expect to see either in the right back position for very long!

  2. The benefit of giving the young lads a game is true but i cannot call loosing Johnson a blessing in disguise. Johnson has been in great form and adds another option when overlapping from the back, not sure either of Kelly or Wisdom have this in their game.

    • Agree with Zed the Red… However Martin Kelly was excellent before he was injured and provided pace and an overlapping option going forward, he is the obvious replacement and I think he will mature into a better player than Johnson, given time and assuming his injury doesn’t have any lasting ill-effect on his fitness.

  3. I think this is an experiment to determine the qualities of our young right backs. Moreover, it comes at a right time when the League is not at its climax.