Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has hinted that he’d love nothing more than to sign a new long term deal at the club.
The 29-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer of 2015 and while he’s confirmed he’s yet to receive a new offer from Brendan Rodgers’ side, he’d love to put pen to paper on a new deal with the Daily Mail suggesting he could retire at the club.
“I've loved every minute of the five years I've been here and I'd love to stay but really the only truth in it is that I've not been offered a new contract on any level,” said the defender.
For Johnson to earn a long term contract at Liverpool which will keep him at the club then there are two concessions he will have to make.
Firstly, it’s being reported that his wages, around £110,000 per week are one of the major obstacles to a new deal.
He’d have to accept a pay cut if he wants to stay at the club due to his position and the fact his next contract could be the last he ever signs in professional football.
Are Liverpool going to do a Manchester United and pay one of their players a huge amount well into his 30s? It’s doubtful.
Secondly, he needs to accept that his position and role at the club is going to change.
Liverpool need a left-back this summer, which would release the talented Jon Flanagan to focus primarily on a right-back role.
There has already been an indication from Rodgers that he prefers to use Flanagan on the right with Johnson being asked to fill in at left-back since he returned from injury.
There are plenty of examples where key and experienced players still have important roles to play at top flight Premier League clubs despite the fact they aren’t starting every single game.
Johnson is one of the best right-backs in English football. There’s nothing to suggest that Liverpool don’t want to keep him which means if he wants to stay, he has to concede in these two areas.
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