Glen Johnson wants to stay at Liverpool for 'years to come'

The right-back is out of contract at the end of next season.

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has said he wants to stay at the club for many years to come.

The 29-year-old has only a year left to run on his current contract, and manager Brendan Rodgers has said he wants to make a deal for the England international a priority - but contracts for any players, and the manager, will be taken care of in the summer.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo after yesterday’s 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Johnson said: “Of course I want to stay here.

“I’ve always said to Brendan that I am loving it here and I want to be here for years to come. Hopefully we can get something sorted in the summer.”

It has been reported that wages may be a stumbling block regarding Johnson’s future and that if a new contract wasn’t agreed then the club would want to cash in and not allow him to leave on a free transfer the following summer.

In yesterday’s game, it was an example of how vital a player he is in this Liverpool side under Rodgers.

He always provided an extra-attacking outlet on the right flank – his combination with Raheem Sterling allowed the Reds to open the scoring.

Also when Liverpool play an expansive game he is a great outlet and there is also his versatility by being able to play on both the left and right flank, with also the option to push him further forward should a scenario arise when the manager thinks he could be used to good effect.

Some have criticised him for his defensive ability in the past, both those critics now seem to be pretty quiet.

Also, the experience he brings to a side that has its fair share of youngsters, his presence in and around the squad is an important factor.

As Liverpool continue to build, they will want to keep hold of their better players, and despite his drop of form at one stage this season he is becoming more and more of a valuable player in this Liverpool side.

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