Should Liverpool offer Glen Johnson a new contract?

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Liverpool's Glen Johnson will be out of contract in the summer as things stand, but with his reportedly high wages would it be worthwile offering him a new one?

Glen Johnson scored the vital winner in Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Stoke on Saturday, relieving Brendan Rodgers of some pressure. His speed and determination to throw himself at the ball with his diving header was great to watch. However Johnson's time at Anfield could be up in the summer.

Roma are though to be willing to match his apparent £120,000 wages, whilst there has been little coming from Liverpool themselves. With regards to contracts, Steven Gerrard has taken centre stage, with Rodgers confirming they are hoping to extend his Liverpool career.

Johnson has spoken about the situation himself stating that 'he wouldn't crawl to the club' in search of a new deal. At 30-years-old Glen will have plenty of clubs interested in his signature, however some wont be prepared to pay his high wages. Roma seem willing to do that, and The Independent believes the former West Ham, Chelsea and Portsmouth right-back could sign a pre-contract agreement in January.

"At the moment, I have seen some stuff in the press that I have been offered half the money I am on. That’s not true. I haven’t been offered anything.

"We aren’t speaking [on a contract] at the moment," he said. "I want to play my football. Time goes very quick. I have enjoyed my time here, the majority of the six years.

If a move to Roma goes through it would see the Serie A side line up with two English full-backs. Like Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson's England career seems to have come to a sudden end. Nathaniel Clyne, Calum Chambers, and John Stones are all being preferred to him.

At Liverpool they currently have Javier Manquillo and John Flanagan as right-back alternatives and they have high hopes for the latter. He would be the natural successor to Johnson, with his speed a particularly strong attribute which has seen Cafu praise the 21-year-old.

Manquillo hasn't set the world alight, and if Johnson was to leave you would thing someone else would be brought in. Despite his critics, the 30-year-old is still a great player at this level, and can continue for a good few years. Johnson doesn't seem to bothered by the overall situation and Liverpool fans would be more keen to see Gerrard put pen to paper.

Players like to say that money doesn't matter to them but it does have an impact and if Johnson is being offered a contract by Roma on the same terms then he is likely to take it. Footballers like to feel wanted, and an approach at this stage tells you how keen a club is to sign you. With no movement from Liverpool, Johnson may already have made up his mind before they have a chance to get down to contract talks.

 

 

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