EDDIE Johnson is dreaming of ending his long quest for a Fulham goal against the very man who brought him to English football.
It would be ironic in the extreme were the USA striker to make tomorrow (Saturday) the day he ended a three-year drought at Craven Cottage .
That is because the man on the receiving end would be Roy Hodgson - now in charge at Liverpool - who took a punt on Johnson, 26, soon after he became the Fulham boss.
The former Kansas City hitman knows he is on borrowed time to earn himself an extended stay at Craven Cottage and he admitted he might have to go out on loan again, as he did last season at Cardiff.
But he has not given up hope of a new contract and of making an unlikely headline if he can get on the pitch at the weekend.
"Anfield would be a great place to score," Johnson told the Chronicle.
"Not only that, but Roy Hodgson was the one that took the risk and brought me over here and I’m thankful for that. It would be good to show him he was right.
"Besides, I’ve got to get at least one goal before I leave here!
"I have a contract here until the summer and I’m still trying to impress the manager.
"When he came in, he could easily have not made me a part of the squad, but I guess he liked what he saw and I’m still here.
"I’m at the age now where I need to be playing week in, week out, but all I can do is put my head down and keep working hard.
"I’d be lying if I said no to the possibility of another loan move, but I still think I’m in a good environment at Fulham, working for a great manager, with great team-mates, and I’m happy here at the end of the day."
Johnson came off the bench for the ninth time this season in the weekend’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland, but has made just one start for Mark Hughes and only 20 appearances in three years. Yet he refuses to give up the cause.
"It isn’t what I thought it was going to be like, but it was a big jump for me coming from the US to the Premiership," he said.
"But I’m enjoying it over here. Europe is where I want to be and, if things don’t work out here, I’d like to stay in Europe and continue my career."