Is It Game Over For This Liverpool Veteran?

Liverpool’s season has been extremely eventful thus far. After the last campaign where the Reds were unlucky not to win the Premier League title, Brendan Rodgers has struggled to emulate that form so far. Currently sitting in fifth place and 13 points, level with West Ham, the Anfield outfit have experienced unexpected losses, including defeats against the Hammers and at home to Aston Villa.

Once more, the £70m sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Spanish giants Real Madrid has quite clearly derailed the Liverpool squad, and some of the confidence that was evidently flowing through the camp has been scuppered in 2014/2015 so far. The Uruguayan’s replacement, Mario Balotelli, has failed to score a single league goal since his £16m arrival from Italian giants AC Milan, and his sole striker in a red shirt coming in the Champions League at home against Ludogorets. Elsewhere, the likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic have all failed to sparkle for their new club.

Another player that has recently been criticised for his performances for Liverpool is full back Glen Johnson. New recruit Javier Manquillo has been able to muscle in front of Johnson in the starting XI for the Reds albeit in part due to the England international struggling for fitness. The vast experience of the former Portsmouth defender would be priceless to most Premier League clubs, but with more English players being encouraged to ply their trade abroad, a move to another country could massively appeal to the former Chelsea defender.

The full back, who came through West Ham famed ‘Academy of Football’ where the likes of Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard have launched their illustrious careers, is out of contract at the end of the season, and Rodgers has already expressed his desire to cut the wage bill at the Merseyside club. As well as his Liverpool starting spot, his place in the England set up is also in jeopardy. Roy Hodgson has injected a lot more youthful legs after the disastrous World Cup campaign, with the likes of Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and Southampton’s Nathanial Clyne already in front of Johnson in the Three Lions pecking order.

Blessed with great dribbling skills, a good eye for a pass and has a stinging shot with either his left or right foot, there will be plenty of admirers for the England international, who is free to talk to any club in January. The 30-year-old recently told the Liverpool Echo:

“I’m very relaxed about my contract. There are no talks going on with the club at the moment. There were minor talks towards the end of last season but nothing else. I’ve loved playing my football here from day one. I’m more than happy here. But obviously I can only talk to the club about it when they want to speak to me.”

Let’s just hope Rodgers is listening because it currently looks like he won’t be at Liverpool in the long-run.