Lucas hails Johnson signing

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva says everyone at the club is impressed by the quality new signing Glen Johnson has shown in his first week with the Reds.

Johnson began pre-season training with the rest of the squad last week after his £17.5million move from Portsmouth last month.

And Lucas believes manager Rafa Benitez has signed a very important and quality player.

“We have not been surprised by how good he’s looked in training because we already knew him as a player,” the Brazilian told the club’s official web site. “He has played at left-back but still showed his quality.

“Hopefully he will be an important player for us and help us win the title – that’s what we want.

“His pace will be important and he is strong. He likes to go forward and we’ve already seen he has a good delivery. These are the things a full-back has to have.”