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 By Mike Whalley

Liverpool 'can cope without Gerrard'

Glen Johnson insists that Liverpool will be able to manage without Steven Gerrard, who is facing at least a month out with a hamstring injury.

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Gerrard, 33, was forced to limp off during the second half of Saturday’s 4-1 Premier League win over West Ham at Anfield.

The Reds captain is set to undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the problem, sources have told ESPN FC, although early indications are that he could miss the festive period.

Gerrard played his part against the Hammers as Liverpool bounced back from a defeat at Hull six days earlier to record a fifth successive home win and climb back up to second in the table.

But Johnson insists that the club have the strength in their squad to manage without the midfielder, despite a testing run of December fixtures that includes trips to Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea.

The right-back, who took the captain’s armband after Gerrard went off, told the Liverpool Echo: “Any team without Stevie is going to miss him and hopefully it's not as bad as it looks but we've got a good squad.

“We've bounced back from the defeat to Hull and we couldn't have done much more in the games against Norwich and West Ham.

“We have scored 20 goals in our last five home games which is quite impressive. It is what all the top teams try to do -- make their home ground a fortress.

“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.

“If we can start scoring a few more goals away and pick up a few more points it will blend in nicely with our home record.

“We are good enough to be up there. If we keep picking up points, it will take care of itself.”

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