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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers eager for Glen Johnson’s Liverpool deal to be extended

• Manager believes defender wants solution to contract deadlock• ‘He wants security but is at one of the biggest clubs in the world’• Football Weekly Extra: a cup specialBrendan Rodgers has intervened in Glen Johnson’s contract stand-off with Liverpool to declare he wishes to keep the England defender at Anfield. The 30-year-old is a free agent this summer and eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club this month, having resisted Liverpool’s offer of a short-term extension on terms reduced from his £120,000-a-week wage.Liverpool’s offer was made late last season but Johnson wanted a longer-term deal and said in November that he was “not going to go crawling to anybody”. An impasse remains between the two parties but Rodgers has hinted a resolution that once appeared highly unlikely could happen and urged Liverpool to extend the right-back’s six-year career at Anfield. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpool v Chelsea: Capital One Cup semi-final – live!

Capital One Cup semi-final first leg from the 7.45pm GMT kick-off at AnfieldDominic Fifield: five flashpoints from a very modern football rivalryAnd email barry.glendenning@theguardian.com or tweet @bglendenning 6.40pm GMT Good evening everybody. Welcome to our coverage of tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final between first leg between Liverpool and Chelsea. There’s a place at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United up for grabs between two teams who’ll be both be confident in the wake of recent performances. The hosts are unbeaten in eight and have won their last three in all competitions, all away from home, while Chelsea sit pretty on top of the Premier League in the wake of what their manager, José Mourinho, labeled a “perfect performance” against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last weekend. Having fielded below strength teams for their previous ties to date, both managers are expected to send out the big guns in their attempts to give their fans a Sunday afternoon out at Wembley on the first day of March. Continue reading…

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