Liverpool transfer round-up, Reds linked with Rodriguez, Rodgers on Henderson's leadership qualities

Glen Johnson (low quality)

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants right-back Glen Johnson to sign a new contract with the club, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season. 

It is believed Johnson was offered a new deal in the summer on reduced terms, and the defender was quoted saying he wouldn't 'go crawling' to the club over a new deal, but it is being reported by the Liverpool Echo that Rodgers has intervened. 

The Reds' boss is quoted, saying: “Glen’s obviously into his last year but I’m hopeful we can find a solution for that and he can be here.

“I think he’s more than happy to try to look to find a solution with the club in order to stay here. He loves being here. He enjoys working this way.

“Maybe his game will adapt over the next couple of years, he’s not the marauding full-back you saw six or seven years ago. But he’s still a quality player who still has a lot to offer with his experience and his football."

The Daily Mirror is linking Liverpool with interest in Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, who hasn't played football for since last April because of a serious knee injury.

Rodriguez is hoping to get the all clear to return to action in the near future, with Manchester City and Tottenham also reportedly interested in the report.

Liverpool may be after a new striker, but to go after a forward who has been on the sidelines for so long would prove to be something of a big gamble in the short-term at least.

Rodgers has been talking about the leadership qualities that vice-captain Jordan Henderson has, after reports emerged he was involved in a confrontation in the tunnel with Diego Costa after the first leg of Liverpool's League Cup semi-final with Chelsea.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Now you see his leadership qualities on the field, and off the field he will protect his team and his colleagues.

“He is a wonderful ambassador for the club.

“It wasn’t just a case of giving the guy the vice-captaincy and him just pulling on an armband. I remember being sat talking to Jordan - it meant an awful lot to him."

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