Why Liverpool can't afford to play games with Glen Johnson

Reports are suggesting that Liverpool will urge Glen Johnson to take a new pay cut when they offer him a new deal at Anfield.

Glen Johnson has been one of Liverpool’s stand out performers so far this season, with the side badly missing him since he picked up a knock in the Premier League win over Manchester United.

Johnson’s displays so far in the current campaign seem to have triggered a switch at Anfield, designed to get him tied down to the club for a very long time, warding off the chance he could leave for a rival.

He looks like the best English right back around and he’s playing well in terms of his productivity getting forward as well as how he distributes the ball out from the back four.

The reason for Liverpool apparently urging him to take a pay cut, as reported in the Express, is simply for his new deal to fall in line with other new deals which have recently been issued; offering lower salaries and higher bonus packages.

Other reports suggest Liverpool won’t look at the issue until at least next summer because they are under no pressure to sort the issue out, with Johnson’s current deal expiring in the summer of 2015.

However, that will create the risk that sides, possibly Premier League rivals, could start throwing big money bids at Liverpool to see if the current management team at Anfield bite the bait.

Liverpool could take that risk out of the equation by simply doing a deal with Johnson sooner rather than later, especially as he’s shown no desire to leave the club and his importance to the first team has never been greater.

A potential wage cut doesn’t have to be stressed in a negative way if that’s the sort of deal that Liverpool want to put on the table. A deal which includes performance related bonuses can subsidise any salary amount, which will be lost and it’s important for Liverpool to stress that.

Johnson has played well for Liverpool so far this season and if the reward is lower pay then another team could become very tempting, especially if they put a larger offer down in front of him.

If the ‘reward’ for a fantastic season where Liverpool compete for the Premier League title and possibly qualify for the Champions League is a smaller contract, that may leave a very bitter taste in the mouth of the club’s primary right-back.

What do you think? Should Liverpool just get the deal done?

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