Glen Johnson compares the 2013/14 Liverpool team to the current squad

Glen Johnson was at Liverpool for six years.

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Liverpool came so close to glory in 2014 as they missed out on the Premier League title after an unexpected charge for top spot under Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irish coach made the side around Luis Suarez and he put together a fine attacking diamond with Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Phillipe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard as the deep-lying playmaker.

However, they unfortunately were not able to clinch the title and Manchester City ended up winning the league on the last day with a win over West Ham United.

One of their key players during that campaign was Glen Johnson at the back as he played 29 games in the league as Liverpool came so close to glory but in the end, their leaky backline was one of the main things that held them back.

After that season Rodgers was given another full season but Liverpool failed to qualify for the Champions League after losing Suarez and a couple of months into the 2015/16 campaign he was replaced by Jurgen Klopp.

Nine years down the line Klopp is now viewed as one of the best managers in Liverpool’s history and he is now going for more glory this season round as he has The Reds top of the Premier League table whilst challenging for every other trophy available.

Glen Johnson believes that the Liverpool side he played in has similarities to this current team

Speaking about Rodgers’ tactics Johnson believed that they were in some ways very similar to how Klopp deploys his Liverpool side.

When asked if he saw the comparisons he said: “Yes, definitely, in terms of out-of-possession, pressing.

“That suffocates teams and that’s what we were doing.”

“The only difference is that when we were doing it, there weren’t many other teams actually doing it.

“It was new at the time to press like that, winning the ball so high and scoring so early. 

“That’s what Liverpool do now but so many other teams have latched onto that and they do the same thing. They just don’t have the players of Liverpool’s quality.

“When everyone is pressing and on it, trust me, it’s hard to play out from the back, no one wants the ball and you kill teams mentally. But I definitely see similarities.”

In their last game Liverpool yet again reached another final under Klopp as they drew 1-1 against Fulham in the second leg of the Carabao Cup winning the tie 3-2.

They showed a different side to their game in the last 20 minutes as they went to five at the back and defended deep to make sure they reached the final which is arguably the biggest difference between this Liverpool side and the one that Johnson was so close to achieving greatness with.

Therefore it could be a key reason why Klopp could be yet again winning much trophies at Liverpool this season.

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