Liverpool and Glen Johnson are at a stalemate over negotiations for a new contract for the right-back.
Johnson is one of the players Brendan Rodgers reportedly wants to keep at the club but talks are thought to have ground to a halt, with the player refusing to budge on a certain aspect of his new deal.
“The England defender, who will be a free agent in the summer, is refusing to accept a new deal that involves a substantial pay cut,” reports the Mirror.
“The Reds want the former Chelsea player to agree to a much lower salary than the £110,000-a-week deal he signed when joining from Portsmouth in 2010.”
If it comes down to will power then the club is in a much better position because they have cover in Johnson’s position.
Javi Manquillo has slowly settled into the side after joining on loan from Atletico Madrid in the summer and any Johnson exit would pave the way for Jon Flanagan to revert to his more natural right hand side.
Flanagan was used extensively on the left last season but excelled when he was put under pressure, making himself into a first choice full back for Rodgers when he’s fit and available.
If Johnson doesn’t budge over his wage demands then Liverpool have Manquillo tied down for another season on loan after this one, with the option to make the deal a permanent one.
The structure of the deal may have even been a bit of foresight on the club’s part that a stall in negotiations with Johnson would happen and it saves them a lot of trouble in terms of finding someone to replace him.
The writing isn’t already on the wall and there is still plenty of time for the club and the player to sort out a new deal.
However, if it doesn’t happen then the Reds are already well placed to take the blow of losing an experienced player with two players providing cover in his current position.