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Glen Johnson not panicking over new Liverpool deal

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Right-back Glen Johnson is remaining relaxed about not being offered a new deal at Liverpool, despite being out of contract at the end of the season.

Johnson joined the Reds from Portsmouth in 2009 for a rumoured fee of £17.5 million and has made 173 appearances at Anfield.

Despite being one of the clubs current longest serving players, the England International has not been offered a deal to extend his time on Merseyside.

However, Johnson is not panicking and talking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “I’m very relaxed about my contract.

Talks

“There are no talks going on with the club at the moment. There were minor talks towards the end of last season but nothing else.

“I’ve loved playing my football here from day one. I’m more than happy here. But obviously I can only talk to the club about it when they want to speak to me.”

However, Johnson could become impatient if he does not get offered a contract any time soon and hasn't ruled out speaking to other clubs in January when he is eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement.

“In January I could (talk to other clubs), but I’ll worry about that when January comes,” he added.

“At the minute I’m playing for Liverpool and I’m happy here. I’m more than willing to stay. “I’ll just concentrate on things here week by week. The manager has picked me so far. That shows he wants me here.”

Move likely

With Johnson still not being offered a contract, all signs point to the full-back leaving Anfield come May.

The former Chelsea man has just turned 30 and despite him not being all that old, he does not fit  Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' policy of playing young players.

It is speculated that Johnson is one of the highest earners at the club, picking up a whopping £110,000 a week, plus bonuses. For a player who is on a career down-slide and likely wanting a wage increase, Liverpool will not stand to keep their current number two on their books.

That especially with the Reds already having two subsequent replacements for Johnson if he is not offered a new deal at Anfield. Rodgers drafted in Javier Manquillo this summer from Atletico Madrid on a two-season long loan - an indication that he is well and truly in the Liverpool bosses plans for the 2015/16 season.

Also at the club is the home-grown Jon Flanagan, who shone on Merseyside last season. Flanagan made 23 appearances for his boyhood club last campaign and impressed by giving whole hearted performances every game. He was so good, in fact, that he caught the attention of England manager Roy Hodgson and the youngster made his international debut against Ecuador when on standby with World Cup squad in America.

Under-par performances

Another thing that may not come to Johnson's aid is his hit a rough patch of form he has recently suffered. The 30-year-old's defensive abilities have also queried people, however he usually brushed critics off with his forward, attacking play.

Last season, and the beginning of this campaign, even his forward play has seemed to go downhill and Johnson has become one of Liverpool's most heavily criticised players.

Add Johnson's poor performances, his high wage bills, his age with two young, hungry lads ready for their opportunity in Manquillo and Flanagan - it doesn't really look good for Johnson getting a new deal.

One year too late

If Johnson doesn't get a new deal, I question Liverpool's policy of letting his contract run out. There were rumours in March that Real Madrid were willing to pay a small fee to end Johnson's contract early at Anfield.

If speculation was true, from a business point, why didn't Rodgers get rid?

Say Madrid put in a bid of £5 million for the full-back - in theory - that would have been £10 million in the Anfield bank account due to a saving on wages.

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