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 By Mike Whalley

Johnson eyeing return to Reds

Glen Johnson is hopeful that his Liverpool future will be sorted out in the summer after hearing that manager Brendan Rodgers wants him to stay.

The 29-year-old full-back has 14 months left to run on his Anfield contract, and has yet to be offered a new deal.

Rodgers said last month that he wanted to keep the defender, and that he would be offered the chance to discuss a new contract in the summer.

But Johnson, signed for 17.5 million pounds from Portsmouth in 2009, would have to take a cut in his reported 110,000-pounds-a-week salary in order to get a new deal.

Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's Boston-based owners, have previously been unwilling to increase the salaries of players once they reach 30. Johnson will celebrate his 30th birthday in August, and his age is likely to be a factor in negotiations.

The England international told British national Sunday newspapers: "At the moment, it is not for me to really worry about.

"I have 14 months left and I have not heard anything different. The most important thing is concentrating on the league and getting to the summer. I am sure then the talks will begin."

Johnson's immediate focus is on Sunday's Premier League home match against Manchester City, as Liverpool seek a victory to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League.

The defender, though, is encouraged by the signals coming from Rodgers regarding his future.

He added: "Things can change quickly in football, but to have the manager's belief and backing and for him to tell the public and the owners that he wants to keep me is fantastic.

"Obviously, I would love to stay as well."


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