Liverpool News: Glen Johnson Pens New Deal
Liverpool and England full back Glen Johnson signed an extension to his existing contract. Johnson, who has made 70 appearances for Liverpool, committed his future to the club by putting pen to paper on the deal at Melwood.
Liverpool FC Director of Football Damien Comolli said:
“We are absolutely delighted. We were in talks for a few weeks, but it was easy to find an agreement because he wanted to stay and we wanted him to stay.
“We are very pleased he wants to commit long term, and I think he was pleased we went to him and asked him to commit long term.
“His best years are to come. Very often defenders peak between 26 and 31, so he is just entering into those years where a maturity comes in and his knowledge of the game gets better and better. We are happy his long-term future is at Liverpool.”
Glen Johnson peaked during the second half of the last season, even when he was forced to play out of his favoured position. His adaptability and commitment to the team’s cause impressed the authorities as well as the fans, who earlier had nagging doubts about his defensive capabilities. Comolli was quick to point out the versatility that Johnson brings to the team –
“It’s obvious when you watch him play his technical ability is second to none. Physically he is absolutely fantastic as well and his fitness level is great.
“Towards the end of last season he showed how versatile he is by playing at left-back or right-back – mostly at left-back – and was outstanding.
“For us he is a great asset to have around. As we’ve always said, we don’t want to sell our best players or sell our assets and as long as the players are happy to be here, we’re happy to commit to them.”
Glen Johnson was visibly delighted when reporters caught up with him.
“I’m very pleased,” Johnson told Liverpoolfc.tv: “I’ve been here a couple of years and it’s great to be staying here for a few years longer now.
“For the club to want me to be here is a great feeling and I did not have to think twice about signing.
“I think I am improving all the time at Liverpool. You’re never too good to improve – and my aim is to just keep improving.
“With the squad we’ve got now, the backroom staff and the way things are going, things are looking positive. The club is looking to bring a few more players in, so the future is looking bright.
With his attacking prowess and his darting runs along the flanks, Liverpool FC have kept possession of one of their prize assets. Way to go!