The 30-year-old full-back has seen himself slip down the pecking order for at Anfield, and has largely been a bit player in Liverpool's lackluster current campaign. He was also left out of Roy Hodgson's last England squad, replaced by Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne.
Contract discussions between Johnson and Liverpool are still stalled, with Johnson unwilling to take a pay-cut on his £120,000 per week wages and Liverpool seemingly not seeing it as a good investment if they offer those terms again. With no new deal in place, Johnson will soon be able to open up discussions with clubs overseas.
This has reportedly put Italian side AS Roma on high alert. After signing former Chelsea and England full-back Ashley Cole on a free transfer over the summer, albeit to limited success, the side currently second in Serie A are once again looking to England to add depth to their team.
As Johnson looks to gear up for an exit from Anfield, one of the men who has pushed him out of a regular first team slot — 20-year-old Spaniard Javier Manquillo — has paid tribute to his teammate.
“Johnson is one of the world's best," Manquillo said to Spanish paper AS on his decision to leave Atletico Madrid on loan and take on Johnson for a slot in Liverpool's first team, "but it was the best move for me."