Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson has been earmarked as a January transfer target for Serie A champions, Juventus.
Liverpool have not yet agreed a new contract with Johnson who is set to become a free agent next summer and Juventus are now in line to snap him up in January, according to the Mirror.
The 30-year-old was a major part of Liverpool’s defence last term as they pushed Manchester City to the brink in the their bid to bring the Premier League to Merseyside for the first time.
Johnson played 29 times over the course of the 2013/14 campaign and with two starts already under his belt this season it’s clear that Brendan Rodgers still sees the England international as a part of his plans.
There is little sense in letting Johnson go as he still has a lot to offer Liverpool, however with the new blood that Rodgers has brought into his defence and with Jon Flanagan stepping up to the plate as a makeshift left-back last season, maybe it is time for him to go and allow Flanagan to develop in his natural position.
Alberto Moreno was signed during the summer and has impressed at left back since his arrival, even scoring a stunning solo goal away to Tottenham, so he will be expected to fill the left full back slot for the majority of the season.
Added into the equation as well is the fact that Liverpool may be looking to cash out out on the 30-year-old before his contract expires.
The England man should be held onto however as with the Champions League on the horizon now for the Reds they must consider squad rotation. Johnson is still good enough to start and with solid replacements like Jon Flanagan it would be wise of Rodgers to keep Johnson in Liverpool rather than cash out and let him go to Turin.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.
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