Speaking to Sky Sports, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he wants to keep Glen Johnson at the club in order to provide support for the fledgling members of the squad.
Johnson, 30, is a free agent in the summer and eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club, having turned down Liverpool’s previous offer of a short-term extension on reduced terms from his current £120,000-per-week deal.
Reports in recent months, including from the Telegraph, have noted serious interest from Roma, with the right-back declaring in November that he had no intention of approaching the Reds himself to resolve the standoff.
Nevertheless, Rodgers is keen to make a renewed effort to retain his services, believing his experience to be vital to a squad which will see long-time captain Steven Gerrard depart in the summer.
“The intention will be to keep everyone – we can't have three or four leaving next season,” he said.
“Steven will obviously be a loss. When you are losing someone of that calibre of man and player it would be a loss to any club.
“For the younger players to develop their potential they are going to need that seniority around them. You can't just have a whole group of young players.
“Glen is not the marauding full-back of six or seven years ago but he is still a quality player and he has a lot to offer with his experience. His game will adapt over the next couple of years and we want to keep him.
“Like every player he will want that security and to get it sorted earlier than it is now, but when he looks at it and realises he is at one of the biggest clubs in the world, with a team which is developing and growing, he would want to be a part of that.
“I know the club and his agents spoke towards the beginning of the season and I am hopeful we can find a solution and he will stay.”
Johnson has made 15 total appearances for Liverpool this season, but has been out of action for the past nine games with a groin strain, with Rodgers’ side shifting to a 3-4-3 formation in the meantime.
The club have enough promising options at the full-back position to make him expendable in Alberto Moreno, Javier Manquillo, Jon Flanagan, Andre Wisdom, Marc Pelosi and Brad Smith, but it appears as though there will still be a concerted effort to hold onto the England international for at least another season.