Reds still feel the defender will perform to his best though next season.
Liverpool have decided not to hand versatile full-back Glen Johnson a new contract at Anfield this summer, despite the fact that the player’s current deal with the club runs out in just over a year’s time, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
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The experienced England international currently earns a whopping £110,000 per week on his present contract with the Merseyside giants, however, with Johnson set to turn 30 years of age on August it is understood that the club’s American owners the Fenway Sports Group are not willing to hand the full back a new long-term bumper deal on the same terms as now.
And as a result, it is believed that Liverpool are now even prepared for Johnson to run down the final 12 months of his deal with the club before then allowing the defender to quit the Reds on a lucrative free transfer this time next year, as opposed to trying to offload Johnson in a cut-price deal worth £4m when the summer transfer window does finally reopen for business.