Report: Liverpool in no rush to secure Glen Johnson contract

Liverpool have reportedly shelved their plans to enter into negotiations with the England right-back over a fresh deal at Anfield.

Liverpool have reportedly decided against entering into discussions over a new contract for defender Glen Johnson for now.

The Anfield club were thought to be keen to secure the England international to a fresh deal this summer, alongside the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and manager Brendan Rodgers.

While deals for the aforementioned trio are likely to materialise after the World Cup, the Reds hierarchy have opted not to offer Johnson an extension, according to the Liverpool Echo.

However, the report claims that Liverpool do not want to sell their first-choice right back.

Johnson's future was called into question earlier in the season, with the Reds keen to bring his £110,000-a-week wages down in line with the majority of his teammates.

It was believed that Johnson had no intention of taking a pay-cut on the extension he signed in 2011, after joining from Portsmouth in the summer of 2009.

However, Liverpool are set to retain the services of the England international, believing that selling him this summer would add little to their transfer budget, while also making the signature of new full-back a top priority.

The 29-year-old's form improved as the Reds embarked on an 11-game winning streak that saw them go within touching distance of the first league title for 24 years.

However, he was roundly criticised for his performance in the dying embers of the 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace earlier this month.

With Liverpool 3-0 up with 11 minutes to go, the Eagles fought back to claim a draw to leave the Reds' title bid in tatters.

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