Liverpool hoping to keep Arsenal target Glen Johnson

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he is not prepared to let defender Glen Johnson leave the club.

The England right-back's contract runs out at the end of next season and, as yet, there have been no movements on a new deal. 

Arsenal were reportedly monitoring the situation in the January transfer window and they could make a move if it becomes clear that Johnson doesn't have a future at Anfield.

The 29-year-old moved from Portsmouth five years ago for around £17 million and became a key-player for the Reds and for England.

In his five years on Merseyside, the former Chelsea youngster has played over 100 times in the Premier League and won the League Cup in 2012. 

However his place in the first team has been lost recently to youngster Jon Flanagan. The 21-year-old has been in good form as Rodgers' side remain on course for a return to the top four and Champions League football. 

Despite the threat of Flanagan, the Liverpool boss is keen to keep hold of Johnson.

"Glen is a player we want to keep," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

"In terms of his contract, I am sure that is something that will be discussed between now and the end of the season.

"I think Steven Gerrard went down to the last year of his contract last summer before that was sorted.

"I'm sure it's something the owners will take up when the time is right. At this moment in time I am only really concentrating on the football aspect.

"We are all fighting to be best that we can be for the club."

The former Swansea manager also confirmed that Johnson will be back in the squad for the visit of his old club having recovered from some recent injuries.

“Glen will be back in the squad this weekend,” he claimed.

“He was very restricted in his running ability before but he feels 100% better. He looks as good as he has looked for a long time.

“To have Glen Johnson feeling that way, we know we have a really good player coming back.”

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