Johnson: I lost respect for Mourinho

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has revealed the chain of events that led to him losing respect for Jose Mourinho when the pair were together at Chelsea, ESPN has reported.

Johnson was the first Chelsea signing made by Claudio Ranieri after Roman Abramovich took over the club but struggled to hold down a place at Stamford Bridge, eventually moving to Portsmouth in 2009.

“It was difficult for me under Jose at Chelsea because there was a moment when he said I deserved to play on merit,” Johnson explained.

“He said if I played well in the next game I would play the week after. I got man of the match so he couldn’t drop me. Then in the next game he said the same thing and I got man of the match again. Then we had another game and after that Barcelona.

“I remember speaking to my agent and saying, ‘He won’t play me in this game because if I play well then he has to play me against Barcelona’ – and I knew that wasn’t going to happen. He didn’t play me in that game and from that moment I just lost it and thought, ‘Well, how am I meant to respect you now? It’s just finished’.”

Johnson added that he rates Mourinho highly as a coach but less so as a person, claiming his current manager, Brendan Rodgers, would never treat a player in that way.

“[Rodgers has] shown that if you’re good enough you’re old enough and you’ll play in the big games if you deserve to. So in terms of man-management, Brendan is definitely better,” Johnson continued.

Johnson, 29, made 71 appearances for Chelsea following his move from West Ham, and went on to play 72 times for Portsmouth before switching to Anfield in 2011. To date Johnson has featured on 162 occasions for the Reds, scoring eight goals.

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