One of Liverpool’s most disappointing players this season has been Glen Johnson. We have all come to expect so much from the England right back but this term, he simply has not been himself. One can say that he may not have fully recovered from the knee injury he picked up at the start of the season against Manchester United, but surely, months later, one can not blame his poor form to lack of fitness?
The second reason, and probably the reason he has been below par is that there has been no or very little talk about a new contract for him. Johnson’s current deal ends at the end of next season and FSG have not offered him the big bumper deal that he is after. If lack of a new deal is what is lingering in his mind then something has to be done! Either offer him a new contract or sell him.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Barcelona right back Martin Montoya over the last couple of months, with some reports suggesting that the Liverpool chiefs actually went to Barcelona to try thrash out a deal for the 22-year old.
Montoya is out of contract at Barcelona this summer and has not been offered a new deal yet by the Spanish giants. Meaning that he is free to start talking to other clubs now. Montoya is behind Dani Alves in the Barcelona pecking order and he has come out and said that he wants to play more and thus the possibility of joining a new club that will offer him more game time.
But is it now being reported that Montoya is happy to stay at Barcelona if he is offered a new deal.
“I’m at the best club in the world and I am in no hurry to sign,” Montoya is quoted as saying on TWW. “I’m sure it will work out.”
If Liverpool were to sell Glen Johnson, then Montoya would be a perfect replacement. Montoya is still young and has bags of talent already and could easily go one to spend 10+ years at Anfield.
But now with the news that he may stay at Barcelona, the Reds may have to look elsewhere to find a replacement for Johnson.
On the other hand, if FSG do decide to offer Johnson a new deal then hopefully he would pull his socks up and start playing well again. Added competition at right back may also be good for Johnson as he is too comfortable right now in his position as we have very few quality replacements.