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Glen Johnson is set to leave Liverpool after writing a goodbye message on Twitter offering his thanks to both staff and supporters of the club.

Johnson joined the Reds in 2009 from Portsmouth for an estimated £16 million and has made 200 appearances at Anfield. 

His current deal expires at the end of this season, and after months of being left in the dark about being offered a new contract, it seems the 30-year-old will not extend his time at the Merseyside outfit.

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After watching Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson all commit their long-term future to Liverpool, Johnson is set to leave the club on a free transfer and paid homage to those who've helped him during his six years at the club.

The England international posted on Twitter;

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Wages

Johnson's key problem was that his wage bill at the club was far too high. He was reportedly earning £120,000-a-week and if he was to stay at Liverpool he would have likely had to take a significant pay-cut which he unlikely would not surrender.

The former Chelsea man has rarely featured in Brendan Rodgers' side this campaign and has suffered multiple injuries, which has resulted in less playing time since returning to full fitness.

Rodgers has preferred to play Emre Can at right-back in recent weeks as opposed to Johnson and, although Can gives his all each game, he is far from a full-back and his future remains in the middle of midfield. Nonetheless, the Reds boss has persisted playing the German there and likely wanted to give Johnson a clear message that he does not have a future at Anfield.

Last term, the Northern Irishman also preferred to play Jon Flanagan ahead of him and the 22-year-old would have likely stayed ahead in the pecking order if he didn't miss the season through injury.

New Club

On a free transfer it's likely there will be a host of clubs chasing Johnson's signature this summer. After all he is still only 30 and has plenty of ability left in him.

In recent seasons, Patrice Evra and Micah Richards have both swapped the Premier League for Serie A, playing for Juventus and Fiorentina respectively, and there have been strong rumours that is the league Johnson will play in next season.

There have also been whispers that Barcelona are looking to take him on board to replace Dani Alves. 

Where will Johnson go next? Let us know below!

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