"I've loved every minute of the five years I've been here and I'd love to stay but really the only truth in it is that I've not been offered a new contract on any level," was Liverpool and England right back Glen Johnson's reply when reporters asked about his club situation. "I know some people have been saying Liverpool don't want to pay me my current wages, but I've not heard that. No one has come to me from Liverpool at all."
His form this season hasn't made for a strong argument in favour of the club extending his stay as he nears his thirtieth birthday. Still, on his day there is no better right back in England than Glen Johnson, and it cannot be overlooked that injuries—and the Johnson's determination to play through them to try and help the team when perhaps he should have been on the trainer's table—have played a significant role in that poor form.
To argue injuries haven't played a role in Johnson's poor form is to argue the sky is green. Yet while his poor performances can be explained and excused, the obvious concern for Liverpool when it comes to handing him a new contract is what happens if those injuries persist. However, heading into a summer where Johnson will either need to be extended or sold, it is mildly concerning the fullback claims to not know where he stands.
"I don't know the situation the club are in or if they want to renew," he added. "I've not got a decision to make other than to see my contract out because no one is telling me any different. I'm more than happy to sign a new contract and I'd love to stay here for many more years, but at the moment that is not for me to decide because I've not been offered anything and I've not been told I'm going to be sold."
Of course, it's entirely possible Johnson hasn't been told where he stands because Rodgers and the club, uncertain about his ability to recover from a year of injury-addled form, aren't certain themselves. If that's the case, then hopefully Johnson can manage to put his head down and do a bit of convincing over the final ten games of the season—both for his own good and for the good of the club.