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Glen Johnson is convinced that Liverpool's fighting spirit will lift them up the Premier League table.

Brendan Rodgers' side extended their unbeaten league run to six games when they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 at Chelsea on Sunday.

But Liverpool have yet to find a way to string a run of victories together, with four of those six matches ending in draws.

The Reds have won only two of their 11 league games, drawing the last three, and lie in 13th place, eight points off the top four.

But Johnson is encouraged that they have shown an ability to take points against the Premier League's top sides, having also drawn with Manchester City.

The full-back told the Liverpool Echo: "If we had been offered a point before the game, we probably would have taken it.

"Playing away at Stamford Bridge, it was always going to be difficult. Chelsea are very strong at home, and we were expecting a tough game.

"We didn't start well, they got the goal - and usually when Chelsea go in front here they win.

"A lot of teams would have rolled over and ended up getting destroyed by four or five, but we have a great spirit in the dressing room and a lot of heart."

He said Liverpool had got their reward for "fighting to the death", adding: "They had a tough game in Europe in the week, and I think that showed in the last 15 minutes as they tired a little bit.

"We were strong, and in the closing stages we really drove at them. We could have got all three points in the end, but overall I think we've got to be happy with the draw."

Luis Suarez scored his eighth league goal of the season to earn a point after John Terry had headed Chelsea in front.

His form has been vital for Liverpool this season, and Rodgers has stressed the need to make signings in January to give him more support.

Johnson said: "Luis is a great player and he doing a fantastic job for us. He's scoring goals for fun at the moment, and the longer he does that, the happier we will be."

He said "everyone can see" that Liverpool's form is improving, and he was "sure the results will come our way".

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