I'm sure you've all heard the news that Liverpool have completed the signing of Glen Johnson for a fee of £17.5 million. The England defender has signed a four year contract at Anfield after spending a successful three years on the south coast with Portsmouth.
The 24-year old has emerged as one of, if not the best right-back in the country, forcing Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez to cough up quite a sizeable chunk of money for his signature. Many people have questioned whether or not Johnson is really worth that much money but in my opinion, he is worth every penny.
Johnson is still very young for a defender and I think in the years to come he will prove to be an integral part of the Liverpool defence. The only worry I have about him is that he is quite an attacking right-back, however I'm sure Benitez will know how to manage him.
What are your thoughts on Johnson? Worth every penny or a huge waste of money? Comments below please.
who knows? he's good, but is he liverpool good? time will tell... nice post btw
Ashley Young 6-8 million ? Johnson will have to be 2-3 times better to justify ? well lets hope so then
for anything less than £25 mill. Johnson is a coup. Especially for Liverpool because the only thing that kept them from achieving the ultimate prize last season was , alongside Fernando Torres injuries, an attacking right back who could split defensive teams apart with dribbling skills and good and accurate lay ins.
Now that Liverpool have got that, I think they are the biggest favourites to win the league next season.
Liverpool aren't just paying for a right-back, they are buying another English player. Johnson as a starter helps fulfill the "home grown" rule in Europe. This is an important consideration. They might have spent less on a great foreign full-back. But prices rise for English players. For Liverpool it is worth it to meet the quota.
Rafa got a solution to his problem area in the team.
Johnson is talented and is still young. He will offer a new dimension to Benitez's tactics that he has not had since his arrival.
Chelsea were willing to pay the price too, it is he market value. Well done Rafa for addressing a problem position with a player who is still very young and has the potential to be even better.
Having watched him the last 3 seasons, Johnson has improved continuosly. Not the best full back, but going forward his crosses are second to none. With the right coaching, and a consistant run in the team, then yes £17.5 is a bargain. My only concern is that johnson will not respond well to rotation, or being a smaller fish in a big pond