Rafa impressed by Johnson versatility

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says he was happy by the way new £17.5million right-back Glen Johnson adapted when asked to play at left-back on his debut for the club in last night’s goalless draw with St. Gallen in Switzerland.

The England international made his first appearance for the club as a second half substitute and played a strong half on the left side of defence.

After the game, Benitez told the club’s official web site, “I asked him to play on the left and he did really well. The team as a whole did well but everyone was watching Glen and he was good.”

He added that overall he was pleased with what he saw from his player’s first run-out since the end of the 2008/09 campaign.

‘œIt was a good game, if a little open,’ he continued, ‘œThere were opportunities for both teams so it’s good for the fans. As a manager you are always pleased with a clean sheet and I was really pleased with some of the play in attack.

‘œWe could see some really good play with some young players and everyone worked really hard.

‘œThe young players did really well, though they’ll need more time. Their workrate and attitude was the main thing.’

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