Man City boss Eriksson rules out Liverpool move for Johnson

Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is determined to keep Michael Johnson away from Liverpool's clutches.

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"I heard rumours about that. But I have never asked him," says Eriksson. "I think today he's very happy where he is."

So what would his response be if Liverpool returned in January and attempted to lure him? "They'd have to sell the stadium," he retorts. A swap with Steven Gerrard could force his hand? The question was asked in jest. "Yeah, that's maybe the only way. But I don't think Johnson wants to go anywhere."

The 19-year-old has been compared with the Liverpool midfielder.

"He's a bit different. Gerrard is biting more than Michael maybe. Michael is an all-round footballer. He can score goals, he sees passes, is a good runner. He can defend. And he has a fantastic temperament. I'm pretty sure one day he will play for England seniors."

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