Liverpool media round-up: Ibe to sign new deal, Johnson set to leave in summer

Glen Johnson

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

Liverpool can expect to tie down exciting teenage winger Jordon Ibe to a new contract this week, according to the Daily Mail.

The Mail reports that the 19-year-old has agreed terms offered to him in February and it is now a case of the youngster putting pen to paper.

He is expected to be part of the squad for tonight's Premier League clash against Newcastle United at Anfield after being sidelined with a knee injury since the Europa League defeat to Besiktas in February. Ibe has impressed both the coaching staff and fans ever since returning from his loan spell at Derby County midway through the season.

One man the Reds will be without, however, is defender Mamadou Sakho, who limped off during the FA Cup quarter-final replay win over Blackburn Rovers with a hamstring injury.

The Liverpool Echo reports the Frenchman will be out for four weeks, meaning that Kolo Toure is likely to take his place in the side for tonight's game, while the Reds have the option of returning to a back three with Emre Can's return from suspension.

The same Echo report seems to confirm that Glen Johnson will leave the club in the summer when his contract expires, but manager Brendan Rodgers says he still has a role to play, even if one could interpret his quotes to suggest there may be discussions between the club and the player at the end of the season.

He said: “I haven’t spoken recently to Glen (about his future). What I know is he’s committed in training, he’s never not wanted to train.

“He’s been outstanding in training, just waiting for his opportunity. We’ll just have to see what the summer brings.”

The Liverpool Echo also reports that Rodgers believes striker Daniel Sturridge will not be back to his best this season after a campaign plagued by injuries, but is trying to get the most out of his main striker between now and the end of term.

The Reds' boss said: “He just needs to find a way to physically and mentally try to keep himself as fit as he possibly can but sometimes that isn’t all down to you – sometimes it’s about luck as well.

“He’s had little training time since he’s been back. We want to get as much out of him this season as possible. But I just felt that it wouldn’t be until next season that he would be back to what he was last season."

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