Twenty-four-year-old Johnson was already an England international having scored 46 goals in 187 League matches for Everton and Ipswich before featuring for Liverpool. The boyhood Red started his career at Everton which Johnson says came as a "great shock" to his family who was all-red. He certainly got Liverpool's attention when he scored the winning goal as a 20-year-old against the Reds at Goodison on 13 November 1971, a feat he would repeat for Liverpool at Goodison in 1978. Shankly made two enquiries for Johnson while at Everton but…
"Terry McDermott once got us hysterical in the dressing room, laughing at Bob Paisley’s expense. The boss had a habit of saying the word “doings” all the time. He’d refer to opposition players as “doings” instead of naming them. So Bob comes into the dressing room and starts a talk.
Terry stood behind him with a big grin on his face and every time Bob says “doings” he holds a finger up. By the time he gets to six, Terry is starting to titter and we’re trying not to laugh. Ray Kennedy is kicking me and when he gets to 10, Ray just turns and flees into the toilet, he’s in absolute fits. We were like a bunch of schoolkids."
AMEX Stadium | Saturday 28 Nov 2020
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Liverpool|
Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool side are going from strength to strength as the top flight of the table starts to take shape. The German manager's side broke new ground last weekend after their emphatic 3-0 defeat of Leicester City, the Foxes led by former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
In all sports, there will be an individual that is responsible for pioneering the entire face of the game. Yes, even in football, there was a football star that operated behind Beckham and basically allowed Beckham to bend it ‘like a Beckham’. That athlete is Craig Johnston. He was not liked by everyone, that is true. People did not see him as the definition of football, however, he did invent the Predator football boots that were worn by the likes of Zidane and Beckham.
“Well, that’s it, then!” said my mother. It is my earliest memory, and all I had to worry about was the horrified look on her face."