Liverpool are neutrals’ choice for the title – Glen Johnson

The England international believes that those without a vested interest in the Premier League title race would prefer to see the Reds triumph

Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson believes that most neutral fans will be on the Reds’ side in the race for the Premier League title.

Brendan Rodgers’s men recorded their sixth successive league victory on Saturday, triumphing 6-3 in an action-packed encounter at Cardiff City to remain four points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.

The Merseysiders have averaged four goals a game during their winning streak, taking their tally to 82 times in 30 league matches this season, and the defender feels that, as a team who also have not won the league recently, their exciting play will have won them plenty of support.

“Just to spice things up, the neutrals would want to see us win it,” Johnson suggested to the media. “Nobody wants the same teams to be winning it over and over again. I guess the neutrals will be packing a punch for us. We must be good to watch.

“People watch football to enjoy themselves, see goals and see exciting football and I think we do provide that. I think people will be rooting for us because it will be something different.

“I’m not that surprised by how we’re playing. Even last season we were battering teams but not getting the goals. At the moment we are playing well and getting the goals. It’s a case of staying calm and keeping it going.”

Johnson took particular pleasure from Liverpool’s victory over Cardiff, with the game representing a potential banana skin after an eye-catching 3-0 victory at Manchester United six days earlier.

“Over the years this type of game has been the most difficult we have had, after a big win,” he recalled. “Everyone at the club was so high last week after beating Man Utd and it could have been difficult to raise ourselves to the same heights, playing a game that we were expected to win.

“It showed our character. Those three points were just as important as the ones at United.”

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