Johnson could face Arsenal despite England withdrawal

The Liverpool Echo has reported that Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson hopes to be fit to play Arsenal on Saturday despite pulling out of England duty this week with what was described as a “minor knock”.

Johnson played the full 120 minutes of Sunday’s League Cup final as Liverpool lifted the trophy on penalties after drawing 2-2 with Cardiff City after extra-time. The defender also successfully converted a penalty in the shootout, putting Liverpool 3-2 in front before Anthony Gerrard, cousin of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, missed the decisive spot-kick.

The former West Ham, Chelsea and Portsmouth player was involved in the attacking action throughout the match, including hitting the crossbar in Liverpool’s first attack of the match. Johnson later sent another effort wide of the goal.

An attack-minded full-back, Johnson has scored once in normal time this season, netting Liverpool’s winning goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November, a left-footed effort from inside the penalty area that Petr Cech was unable to keep out.

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