The 26-year-old former Manchester City and Middlesbrough wide man burst onto the international scene with England in 2010 but has not been included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup this summer in Brazil.
Adam Johnson made a high profile switch from Middlesbrough back in 2010 to join the Citizens for £7 million but failed to cement his place in the starting XI under former manager Roberto Mancini and left the club in 2012 for £10 million somewhat acrimoniously.
Johnson scored ten goals and made ten assists for the Black Cats in all competitions this season but it wasn’t enough to earn himself a seat on the plane to Brazil with England. Johnson had looked to be one of England’s most exciting prospects on the flank and a preferable option to Arsenal’s Theo Walcott but since then the likes of Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Andros Townsend have emerged as direct competition for his place in the national team.
The attacker enjoyed his most productive season to date this term and has subsequently been linked with interest from Everton but reports now suggest Merseyside rivals Liverpool could also be entering the frame.
Reports suggest that the Toffees had hoped to sign the player on loan with Sunderland keen to cut down their wage bill but The Express claim manager Gus Poyet would prefer the player move on a permanent move.
Whilst the Reds already have Sterling, their signing of Luis Alberto has been less of a success. The signing of Rickie Lambert could suggest Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of adding more experience to his young squad, as well as talent already proven in the Premier League.
Johnson would tick those boxes, as well as having Champions League experience from his spell at the Etihad and he could be a solid signing to add strength in depth at Anfield. More than anything, I suspect the player himself is hopeful of proving himself at international level and will have been disappointed over his exclusion for the World Cup this year. At the age of 27, he may consider a move to Liverpool an ideal opportunity to re-assert himself over the national team alongside a number of other England stars at Anfield.