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Glen Johnson considering contract offers after Liverpool snub

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Glen Johnson has admitted that he is likely to leave Liverpool at the end of the season and has had a number of offers from abroad.

Johnson arrived on Merseyside in 2009 for around £18 million and has racked up 192 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals.

When Brendan Rodgers took over from Kenny Dalglish as Reds' boss in 2012, the 30-year-old was one of the first men on the team-sheet and fitted his new manager's style of attacking football.

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However, Johnson has fallen badly out of favour this term and has made just a handful of appearances for the club.

In recent months, Liverpool rewarded thriving players with new contracts; Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have pledged their long-term future to the club and Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling in the process of extending their time at Anfield.

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However, Johnson has yet to be offered a new deal at the Merseyside club despite his contract running out on May 30 this year.

With that date getting ever closer, the full-back has become reluctant that he will not get a new deal at Liverpool and is in the process of negotiating a deal with host of club's across the continent.

"At this point I have no idea (where I will be next season)," Johnson told the Liverpool Echo

"I haven’t thought about it. I’ve got two months left here and we will see what happens after that. I’m just going to keep my head down and keep training.

"I do like the idea of going abroad. There have been talks. I’m still young and it would be great for the kids. But I’m not thinking about that at the moment, We will have to wait and see.”

No Longer Needed

As Liverpool continue their improvements, it seems that Johnson is firmly out of Rodgers' plans.

The Reds now play a system that consists of three centre-backs and it firmly does not fit the former England international's attributes.

Johnson thrives when he gets up and down on the wing, running at defenders with the ball at his feet.

However, he started at centre-back last Sunday during his side's 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup and performed poorly.

Johnson could not settle playing a central role and his positioning gave Blackburn openings in the first-half.

Amongst the Liverpool ranks, there are plenty of young players who have impressed in his position.

Javier Manquillo is currently on a two-season loan deal from Atletico Madrid and proved his worth when starting on the right-hand side of defence.

The club also have Jon Flanagan, who kept Johnson out of the team last season, set to come back from injury in the next few weeks and the academy graduate will also go ahead in the pecking order.

Earnings

It is reported that Johnson picks up a whopping £120,000-a-week at Liverpool and is one of the club's highest earners.

Fenway Sports Group, owners of Liverpool FC, have urged Rodgers to cut the wage bill to save costs.

Based on his performances and the other recruits on the Anfield books, there seems no reason why Johnson would be offered a new contract, especially at the same price.

It was reported that he was offered a short-term contract at the end of last season, but the full-back refused to take a pay cut.

Now, it seems that Liverpool will not even bother offering him a new deal.

Italy A Possibility

In recent years, Italian sides have been keen on signing English full-backs.

Last summer, AS Roma drafted in Ashley Cole on a free transfer and Fiorentina secured a year-long loan deal for Manchester City defender Micah Richards.

There have been rumours that Roma are interested in bringing in Johnson and given the record, he could easily be playing in Serie A next season.

Johnson's reputation has taken a hammering in England and he could revitalise his career with a move abroad.

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