Liverpool have confirmed that right-back Glen Johnson has signed a new contract extension with the club, but have not revealed the finer details of how many extra years have been agreed.
The England international has been a regular in the Anfield side’s first team since moving from Portsmouth in 2009, and the new deal is of delight to his employers.
We are absolutely delighted,” director of football Damien Comolli told the club’s official website. “It was easy to find an agreement because he wanted to stay and we wanted him to stay.
“We are very pleased he wants to commit long-term, and I think he was pleased we went to him and asked him to.”
Comolli is hoping for many more years with the ex-Chelsea defender at the club and feels he can still improve as a player.
“His best years are to come. Very often defenders peak between 26 and 31, so he is just entering into those years where a maturity comes in and his knowledge of the game gets better and better. We are happy his long-term future is at Liverpool.
“It’s obvious when you watch him play his technical ability is second to none. Physically he is absolutely fantastic as well and his fitness level is great. Towards the end of last season he showed how versatile he is by playing at left-back or right-back – mostly at left-back – and was outstanding.
“For us he is a great asset to have around. As we’ve always said, we don’t want to sell our best players or sell our assets, and as long as the players are happy to be here, we’re happy to commit to them,” the former Tottenham executive concluded.
The deal comes in quick succession to news that Liverpool have agreed a fee with Blackpool for Scottish international Charlie Adam.