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Liverpool Sweat On Defender Deal After Contract Talks Reach Stalemate

Liverpool defender’s Anfield future shrouded in mystery after impasse over contract talks revealed.

The future of Liverpool right back Glen Johnson is in the balance with player and club unable to agree a renewal on his current contract.

According to the Guardian, the England defender’s deal expires in 2015, and Reds owners Fenway Sports Group are only willing to offer a further year.

Johnson, who will turn 29 in August, is currently paid £120,000 per week, but hopes to remain at Anfield on the same rate for at least three more seasons.

The difficulty for the player is that FSG are keen to continue reducing the wage bill at Liverpool, and Johnson is one of the highest earners at the club.

Though Johnson’s place at Liverpool is in no immediate danger, the form and potential of Jon Flanagan and Andre Wisdom in his position adds another factor to his contract situation.

If Johnson elects to run down his contract, his blend of defensive reliability with attacking flair could allow him to take his pick of big clubs around Europe.

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