Liverpool receive Sterling contract boost - but defender could leave in January

While the future of one Reds star looks more certain, the future of another has taken a turn in the opposite direction.

Liverpool have received a huge boost regarding the future of Raheem Sterling, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The national newspaper claim that the 19-year-old England international is close to finalising terms for a new five-year deal worth £100,000-a-week.

Real Madrid are quoted by the report as wanting to sign Sterling, although the new contract could be signed within the next month to fend off interest from the European champions - ahead of their coming visit to Anfield in the Champions League.

The report does not take into account, however, that Luis Suarez signed a long-term deal with the Reds only last year but joined Barcelona this summer.

Meanwhile, there appears to be overwhelming evidence that right-back Glen Johnson will leave Liverpool in January.

It may only be speculation at this point but both the Sunday Mirror and Sunday Mail claim that the 30-year-old may leave Merseyside during the winter transfer window.

Firstly, the Mirror suggest Johnson is ready to try his luck abroad, following in Ashley Cole's footsteps (the Chelsea left-back joined Roma this summer).

And the Mail report that the defender is fearful that Liverpool will let him go in January, emphasising the fact that his contract expires in the summer - and that he is costing the Reds £100,000 a week.

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