Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/28/12
Defender Glen Johnson is adamant Liverpool are not overly reliant on their star striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguay international has already scored 10 Premier League goals so far this season while no other Reds player has managed more than one. The issue adds further weight to the impression that, if Suarez does not find the net, neither do Liverpool - as was the case at Swansea on Sunday when the Merseysiders were held to a goalless draw. However, Johnson does not feel the Anfield giants are too dependent on their ?22million front man. "We are not relying on Suarez at all," said the 28-year-old. "Obviously he is our main striker, but we are not relying on him. "It's everyone's job to get around him and try and score. "You need a bit of luck in front of goal and on another day we might have had two or three (against Swansea)." Brendan Rodgers' side are now eight games unbeaten in the top flight having recorded four wins and four draws. And Johnson believes the Reds have a solid base from which to climb the standings as they prepare to face Tottenham. "We will keep going and if we do get that bit of luck it will be okay," added Johnson. "It is a big game (against Spurs) and hopefully we will pick up three points." Victory in the clash at Pittodrie on Tuesday night would have allowed the home side to leapfrog Celtic to the summit, ahead of the Hoops' own clash with Hearts on Wednesday evening. But a 3-2 win for Inverness saw them boost their league position instead, as Terry Butcher's men moved level on points with Celtic, albeit having played two games more. However, Shaughnessy believes the Dons have more to offer and should not be written off as contenders this season. Reflecting on the game, the defender told RedTV: "It was disappointing, especially at home with all our fans expecting. "It was a chance to get to the top of the league but I'm sure there will be more if we can get back to the form we've been in. "It's not like we've dropped down far. There is still a long way to go and hopefully we'll be up there come the end." Shaughnessy now wants the fans to back Aberdeen again when they host Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup this weekend. He added: "Every year, this cup is the big one. You always want to go as far as you can in the cup. "It was a tough draw for an early round but we're at home and hopefully we will have the fans behind us and will get through to the next round." Meanwhile, Aaron Doran expects Inverness to be boosted by back-to-back wins over Celtic and Aberdeen when they face Highland rivals Ross County in the cup. The winger told the club's official Youtube channel: "To come back from behind and win 3-2 at Pittodrie was an unbelievable result for us. "We're joint top of the league at the moment and everything went well for us. "All the lads were buzzing in the dressing room and we can't wait for our game at the weekend against Ross County. "It should be another great one and hopefully we can get another win. "This was a big week for us, starting at Celtic last weekend. "After the 5-1 loss to Motherwell at home, I don't think anyone expected us to get two wins from our next two games. It's just been brilliant."
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