Off form Anfield man wants to leave.
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England international Glen Johnson wants to leave Liverpool in January after a total breakdown in his relationship with manager Roy Hodgson.
The right-back is said to be outraged by the way Hodgson is alleged to have handled his injury problems this season and the public criticism he received from his manager on Friday.
The player’s representatives will meet new director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, this week to make it clear the £18million England man has no faith left in Hodgson’s ‘boring’ style of play.
Johnson’s team will also claim the boss rushed the defender back from a groin injury, leading to further setbacks.
‘Things have moved rapidly downhill for Glen since Roy arrived,’ said a source. ‘He finds the style of football boring and the way he was criticised by the manager in public was uncalled for. He was made to train too soon with a groin injury and it’s kept him out for longer than it should have done.’
Johnson, signed by Liverpool’s former boss, Rafa Benitez, is prepared to quit English football to end his association with Hodgson. Bayern Munich are monitoring the situation, but if Liverpool progress from the Europa League he would not be able to play for the German giants in this season’s Champions League. (Daily Mail)
This is not the first report in recent days talking of a Liverpool player supposedly wanting to leave the club, some sources stated that keeper Pepe Reina wanted to make an Anfield exit but it turned out those reports was wholly inaccurate, this may not be the case on this occasion.
It is fair to say that Glen Johnson has not been in the best of form when called upon this season and his assertion that Roy Hodgson’s tactics are not to his liking has apparently been expressed by a few Liverpool players but that hardly excuses the England international’s poor displays.
Glen Johnson’s last Premier League start came in the embarrassing defeat at home to Blackpool when the 26 year old put in a woeful performance and whether he wants to leave the club or not it seems unlikely they would be a great deal of interest in a player who has shown such a lack of form.
If Hodgson was to sell the full back he would surely make sure the club got at least what they paid for the £18m man in the summer of 2009.