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'Awful' Reds must fight - Johnson

Glen Johnson (centre)
Glen Johnson was Liverpool's man of the match at Anfield on Monday night

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson admits that the Reds have to "stick together" if they are to end their alarming run of just one win in nine games.

"It sounds awful and it is awful for a club like Liverpool to have a run like that," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"But this is football. Things like that happen. We're not going to sit there and feel sorry for ourselves. You have to stick together and keep fighting."

Liverpool are now 11 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

But, after being 2-1 down at half-time, the controversial second-half Steven Gerrard penalty which won Rafa Benitez's team a point against Birmingham City at Anfield a point on Monday night did suggest the Reds' recent run of bad luck might have ended.

Prior to that, Birmingham had cancelled out David Ngog's early strike with their only two shots on target, the second of them a freakish 30-yard wonder strike from Cameron Jerome.

But, despite intense second-half Liverpool pressure, Blues hung on to stretch their great recent record at Anfield, where they have not lost now in four visits.

"We know the run of luck is against us at the minute," said Johnson. "Jerome has hit the strike of his life and the first goal could have been dealt with better.

"Obviously we want to be winning those games, but it wasn't meant to be.

"I felt like we'd done enough to get three points.

"We had chances and we dominated the game. The confidence was there with the boys and we were fighting for the cause."

Johnson, who started the move that led to Ngog's opener, made a successful return from the calf injury which had kept him out for three games, winning the man-of-the-match award.

"As everybody knows I like to get forward," he said. "We would have liked to have created another goal to win the game. But it wasn't to be.

"I was just pleased to get back out there and fight alongside the boys."

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