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Glen Johnson says Liverpool will be able to cope without influential skipper Steven Gerrard, who is facing a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
The midfielder picked up the problem during Saturday’s 4-1 win over West Ham United and although the Reds are still waiting to discover the full extent, he will miss this weekend’s crucial clash with Tottenham.
Gerrard could be out for even longer and the injury could not come at a worse time with the hectic festive period on the horizon, but Johnson believes Liverpool have the quality within their squad to cope.
“Any team without Stevie is going to miss him, clearly,” said Johnson. “We have got a good squad and hopefully that (Gerrard’s injury) is not as bad as it looks.”
The injury comes as another blow for Liverpool, who have already lost striker Daniel Sturridge until mid-January, and they will be praying Gerrard is not out for too long.
Saturday’s demolition of the Hammers moved Liverpool back into second place in the table, but despite being almost halfway through the season Johnson is not thinking about a title push.
“Personally I don’t look at that. It is in the back of your mind but if we keep picking up points we don’t have to worry about that, it will take care of itself,” he added.
“But we are good enough to be up there.
“We have some tough away games coming up. We only worry about the next one and I am sure we will step it up for the so-called bigger teams.”