Liverpool boss Hodgson criticises Glen Johnson's form
Injury has restricted Johnson's appearances for Liverpool this season
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says Reds and England full-back Glen Johnson's performances this season have not been of international standard.
Johnson, 26, has been struggling with a groin injury and will miss Saturday's league match at Stoke.
"If he plays like the England right-back one would expect him to come back in when he's fit," said Hodgson.
"But up to now he's not performed - very often at least - to the level I'd expect of him."
Hodgson added: "You would have to ask him 'do you think you're playing at top form and are you playing like the best right-back in the country for your club?'
We are still in a position in the league we are not totally happy with, so we need to keep this run going and see where it takes us
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
"If he says yes, obviously we will have to agree to differ and if he says no, then you'd have to ask the question 'why not?"'
Johnson, who was signed from Portsmouth in the summer of 2009 for a reported fee of £18m, has played just one of Liverpool's last seven matches.
However, he remains England coach Fabio Capello's first choice for the national side, having started the last 10 internationals, although he is likely to miss the friendly against France next Wednesday because of injury.
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he is not satisfied with the club's current league position, despite their recent recovery from a poor start to the season.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches and lie ninth in the table - although they could have been even higher if they had managed to hold onto their lead against Wigan on Wednesday, the game ending in a 1-1 draw.
"At the beginning of the season our target was top four and that hasn't changed, but at the moment I don't want to get carried away," said Gerrard.
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