Liverpool Want Glen Johnson To Take A Pay Cut To Remain At Anfield

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England right back has been on Merseyside since 2009. 

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Liverpool are set to offer defender Glen Johnson a new contract to remain at Anfield beyond the end of his current deal which expires in 2015, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph.

The highly rated England international’s present contract with the Reds runs out on June 30 2015, however, it is understood that the Merseyside giants have no plans as yet to start to enter into negotiations with Johnson’s representatives about a possible new deal until next summer at the very earliest.

And it is also believed that the club’s American owners, the Fenway Sports Group, will not offer the attacking full back any raise on his current £139,000-per-week salary to remain at Anfield.

In fact, in what will be deemed as a highly risky strategy by the club, FSG are actually likely to propose a reduction in his current wage packet when they do eventually sit down with the right back to discuss his new contract.

Johnson is 29 at present, however, by the time his current deal expires in the summer of 2015, he will be 31 and under the new owners at Anfield, FSG do not begin contract negotiations with players past the age of 30 until they enter the final year of their deals.

“It’s something the club will take up at the right time,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. “I’m not sure where it’s at.”

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