There are suggestions that he may see out the remainder of his contract, and wants a longer term deal than the year extensions that is reportedly on the table.
It is common knowledge that the England international only has a year left on his current deal, and if he didn’t sign an extension the right-back could leave Anfield on a free transfer in the summer of 2015.
There have been suggestions that Liverpool are trying to offer him an extra year with the same terms but contract talks have reportedly hit a snag with Johnson wanting a longer deal at Anfield.
The full-back positions are problem areas for the Reds to address this summer as they look pretty thin on the ground. The emergence of Jon Flanagan will have helped as he can play on both flanks, as will the return of Jose Enrique from injury.
There are still question marks over some of the younger players that can occupy those positions, so it’s understandable that the club would like to keep hold of Johnson even if his form was patchy at times last season.
But there is also the case of losing out on adding to the transfer kitty if his contract isn’t resolved. There have been murmurs that Liverpool are prepared to let him stay even if he doesn’t sign a new deal this summer which some would view as a bad business decision.
The club is no doubt looking for players to play the same role as Johnson who they feel can help the club compete on all four fronts next season.
Ideally, if he doesn’t sign a new deal, some would like to see a decent transfer fee come in and have at least two right-backs at their disposal for next season who can play at the top level.