Who could replace the Liverpool star stalling on a new deal?

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Glen Johnson has revealed the Reds have yet to approach him about improved terms and, with just over 12 months left on his deal, clubs may begin to circle.

Most of Liverpool's problems this season have stemmed from a charitable defence which has shipped more goals than any other team in the top seven this season.

But injuries have contributed to their downfall in that department, not least that of Glen Johnson's, with the defender missing just under a third of his side's league campaign due to various injury complaints.

While the emergence of Jon Flanagan has helped soften the blow of losing such a key cog in Brendan Rodgers' well-oiled machine, the Reds have suffered at times from the lack of experience and know-how in a defence which has been tweaked on a weekly basis.

His absence has been a worry to Reds fans but even more perturbing is the news that the club have failed to offer him a new deal.

With just one year left on his deal at the end of this season, fears could creep in about the future of a fans favourite at Anfield.

So, with that in mind, here are five potential replacements the Reds could seek to draft in as replacements should their current right-back seek pastures new...

Mathieu Debuchy

The Newcastle full-back has shone in his second season in England and has supplied three assists from full back, further underlining his reputation as an attacking outlet out wide for the Magpies.

A red card in defeat at West Bromwich Albion and an own goal at Swansea threatened to derail his season during the winter months but he delivered a sterling performance at Hull City last time out and, along with Seamus Coleman, has been the most consistent in his position this season.

Lorenzo Di Silvestri

The Sampdoria full-back has developed even more of a repute for his forward-thinking style, one which has yielded two goals and an assist this term.

His versatility down the right allows him to work as an orthodox right-back and should Rodgers elect to go with a more defensive option on the wing, he could do worse than field the man widely regarded as the most consistent performer in Serie A in an auxiliary wide-right role.

Tony Jantschke

The Borussia Mönchengladbach man would represent more of a defensive option for Rodgers and is less renowned for his goalscoring or assisting abilities and more for his showings at the back.

But a major plus for the Northern Irishman would be how seamlessly this ever-improving German could slot into his playing style, particularly given his 90.8% passing accuracy across this season.

Junior Caicara

The man who has impressed most in the position in the Europa League stages for surprise package PFC Ludogorets Razgrad so far in their adventure in the competition.

He particularly shone in crucial group stage wins over PSV Eindhoven and Dinamo Zagreb and his stock has risen considerably due to his tricky wing play, a trait commonly associated with Johnson's work at Liverpool.

Kieran Trippier

Perhaps the most natural successor to Johnson's position out of the listed candidates, Trippier is currently the most exciting English right-back below the top flight.

Burnley have been this season's story of the Championship season, challenging for automatic promotion despite others being highly fancied and Trippier has been an integral part of their success. His simply stunning tally of 13 assists for a full-back is the best in the division and also has two goals to his name.

At 23, too, time is certainly on his side

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