Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that giving England full-back Glen Johnson a new contract extension is one of his 'priorities' this summer, reports Sky Sports. 

The former Chelsea defender has just one-year left on his current deal at Anfield, and Rodgers is keen to tie down the England international before its too late. 

Rodgers is a big admirer of the former West Ham and Millwall defender, and has previously described him as one of the 'best full-backs in the world'- a player that he will not want to lose on a free transfer next summer. 

"It's important for me with how we play that the full-backs can get up, join in and make runs in behind. We are seeing now the player we all know Liverpool had- which is one of the best full-backs in the world," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

"We want to keep Glen here, there is no question about that, especially now he's in this form. He's 29 and we feel that he has got good years ahead of him," Rodgers added.

But despite his eagerness to tie Johnson down, the former Swansea manager is adamant that no contracts will be discussed until the summer. 

The Reds boss finished by saying: "No contracts will be lookjed at until the summer. but his will be a priority for us, especially if he continues in the for that he's in. The beauty of this is we want to keep Glen and Glen loves it here. We just need to find a solution which is good for both."

Liverpool's immediate attention will turn to their clash with Sunderland tomorrow night. Rodgers' side will be looking to continue their fine run as they continue their challenge for the Premier League title.

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