Johnson told he can find new club by Liverpool

The right-back is out of contract at the end of the season, with talks stalling since last term, prompting Galatasaray and a number of clubs to monitor the situation
By Paul Clennam

Glen Johnson has been told by Liverpool that he is free to find a new club for next season, Goal understands.

The England international is out of contract at the end of the season and Brendan Rodgers is yet to sanction talks over an extension, prompting the player's representatives to sound out potential interested parties.

Galatasaray are monitoring Johnson's ongoing situation, and the player is known to be open to a move abroad, but his £152,000-a-week wages have the potential to cause a stumbling block for any exit.

"I'm very relaxed about my contract," Johnson said in August. "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.

"In January I could [talk to other clubs], but I'll worry about that when January comes," the former Chelsea full-back added. "At the minute I’m playing for Liverpool and I'm happy here. I’m more than willing to stay."

Johnson recently returned from injury, playing the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over QPR and the 3-0 hammering by Real Madrid, before being dropped for Saturday's 0-0 draw with Hull City.

Atletico Madrid loanee Javi Manquillo has impressed for Liverpool in Johnson's absence, with the 20-year-old joining on a two-year spell during the summer.