Liverpool – Glen Johnson to get a new deal, does he deserve it?

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Liverpool are reportedly set to offer their under-first right-back Glen Johnson a new deal, that is according to the Daily Mirror. Glen Johnson is currently earning around £120,000-per-week but now the new contract is 2-years long and will only be valuing Johnson at £60,000-per-week.

Glen Johnson was born in London and became part of West Ham United’s prestigious academy in 2002, graduating and making his debut for the Hammers in January 2003 after a loan spell at Millwall. He would play 15 league matches for West Ham before moving on to Chelsea for £6m in July 2003. Johnson was at Chelsea till 2007 and made 41 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring 3 times from defence.

In 2006/07 Johnson moved on loan to Portsmouth and played 26 times in the league, leading to Pompey purchasing him on a permanent basis where he played another 58 games in the Premier League, scoring 4 more goals. Johnson impressed on the South Coast and that led to interest from Manchester City, his former club Chelsea and Liverpool. Liverpool had previously dealt with Portsmouth over Crouch so sorted out a deal in 2009 worth around £10m for Johnson and waiving the rest of Crouch’s transfer cost.

At Anfield Johnson quickly became important at right-back and was a first-team certainty. He now has 147 Premier League showings to his name for the Reds with 7 goals but the 54 capped England international has been out of sorts recently due to injury and a serious lack of form.

With Johnson’s contract set to expire at the end of the season with Liverpool, a new contract worth only a half of what he is currently on probably won’t go down well with the 30-year-old. It is believed that Serie A clubs are seeking Johnson on a free transfer and with him being free to talk to other teams in January, perhaps we won’t be seeing Glen Johnson in the Premier League in 2015/16.