Why Liverpool Would Be Crazy To Let Glen Johnson Go
In an interview this week Glen Johnson was glowing in his praise of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers saying that he thought the Northern Irishman was a better manager than Jose Mourinho.
However if today’s Liverpool Echo is to be believed the admiration may not be entirely mutual. The paper believes that it would not be a great surprise if Johnson were to be shipped out this summer citing his £110,000 a week wages as a potential stumbling block to any new deal.
If this news is true it seems like an odd stance for the club to take.
Yes, Johnson is on astronomically high wages, maybe too high, but the problem is there just aren’t a huge number of top level full-backs around. If The Red’s do cash in come the next transfer window they will have to go out and spend big money to bring in a defender of the same calibre. Maybe they could get someone on lower wages but a hefty transfer fee would certainly be required if the club didn’t want to be left with Jon Flanagan and Martin Kelly as their only right-backs.
Johnson’s form this season may not have been up to his usual high standards, and he has been blighted by injury, but at his peak he is still one of the top right-backs in the league and Liverpool would be mad to allow him to leave for a knock-down fee as he reaches the final year of his contract. His forays down the right flank have been an invaluable source of an outlet ball during his time on Merseyside and the England international is nowhere near as bad a defender as some would have you believe. He has matured into a solid, dependable defender over the last few years who is rarely caught out of position and times his attacking inputs well.
There has also been the suggestion that the 29-year-old could be persuaded to take a pay cut in order to prolong his stay at Anfield with the manager he appears to be so fond of. With the club understandably unwilling to lose a valuable asset for nothing in 2015 when his contract expires, this would clearly be their favoured option.