Johnson wants Liverpool improvement rewarded with Champions League place

Glen Johnson believes Liverpool have improved under Brendan Rodgers this season and wants to see the club return to the Champions League to confirm their progression, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Reds finished eighth in the Premier League last year but won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup final, with Johnson believing that the team’s performances in this campaign have built on those under Kenny Dalglish a year ago.

While he was pleased to win the League Cup, beating Cardiff City on penalties, the England defender feels it is league position that truly counts and hopes next season will see Liverpool’s performances rewarded with a high ranking in the table.

I say this season is clearly better than the last because you look at the squad, the feeling that there is around the place, the football that we are playing and there has definitely been an improvement,” Johnson said.

This season, eight times out of 10, we have been battering teams. That wasn’t the case last season.

The former West Ham, Chelsea and Portsmouth defender added: “ We won a trophy last season and of course that was fantastic – everyone wants to win; that’s what we are in the game for – but in terms of getting Liverpool back where they belong, we want to be back in the top four and we have got a better squad than we did have.

Liverpool are currently seventh, three points off near neighbours Everton and nine adrift of the top four, with Tottenham Hotspur currently holding the final Champions League qualification place.

Johnson went on to say that Rodgers was appointed to return Champions League football to Anfield, but that no one should have expected him to do so in his first season at the club after leaving Swansea City.

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