Glen Johnson tipped to leave Liverpool on free transfer

Glen Johnson has entered the final year of his contract, meaning he could leave for nothing at the end of the summer.

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson is expected to leave the club on a free transfer next summer by the Liverpool Echo's club reporter, he commented on their live blog.

Johnson has entered the final year of his contract, but given the vast amount of wages he's on at the club, they aren't prepared to offer him a similarly lucrative deal. It seems if he wanted to stay at the club then it would be because he's willing to take a pay cut.

The Reds are not short on full-backs at the club following a busy summer of recruitment. Johnson can play on both the left and right flank but the squad seems pretty well stocked in that area.

Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno have both impressed in their first month at the club, Jose Enrique is now considered for selection after recovering from a knee injury that prevented him from featuring much last season, whilst Jon Flanagan played a big part last season on both the left and right side.

The 30-year-old suffered a loss of form last season, and hasn't started this season in much better fashion, receiving a lot of criticism as a result. 

The impressive performances of Manquillo so far could keep the experienced England international out of the side after he picked up a thigh injury in the defeat to Manchester City on the second weekend of the season.

Some may have been surprised that Liverpool are allowing his contract to run down and not cashing in on him, but given that Manquillo and Flanagan are still relatively young, it was perhaps beneficial just to have the older head competing for that position for at least a season.

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