Johnson “more mature” now

Glen Johnson believes he has come a long way since his days of playing for Chelsea and is now raring to go in a Liverpool shirt.

Johnson left Chelsea in 2006, initially on a loan to Portsmouth before making the deal permanent. On the eve of winning his sixteenth England cap, Johnson says he’s a different player to back then.

‘œI’d say I’m more mature,’ he said. ‘œThere were a couple of incidents that got blown out of proportion and were totally wrong.

‘œThat’s not for me to worry about. I’ve put it behind me and it’s not important.

‘œI’ve aged. I’m improving all the time and that has been a key factor. Before I didn’t play, so it’s impossible to put in performances if you don’t play.’

Johnson turned down the chance to return to Stamford Bridge this summer, opting to complete a £17.5million move and join Rafa Benitez’s set-up at Anfield.

The 24-year-old says his move to Portsmouth was very important for improving as a player.

He continued, ‘œJoining Portsmouth was fantastic for me because I was playing week in week out, and working hard in training.

‘œThe most important thing for any player is consistency in playing games. That is when you learn from your mistakes.’

Johnson will make his full debut for Liverpool this Sunday when the Reds take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane (kick-off 4pm).