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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 – Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool return will see Raheem Sterling take centre stage | Paul Wilson

The forward has seemed subdued at times this season but with Daniel Sturridge soon set to come back from injury, Liverpool could not only get the best out of him but also Mario Balotelli• Brendan Rodgers confident of reaching final• Andy Hunter: Manager gets Liverpool to close gap on ChelseaThe Liverpool manager usually talks a good game, but let’s be fair, after a performance as encouraging as the one against Chelsea on Tuesday a coach who has faced criticism of late had every reason to get carried away.According to Brendan Rodgers Liverpool will now have the confidence and conviction to go and complete the job in the second Capital One semi at Stamford Bridge, because Raheem Sterling has benefited from a rest and is right back to his unstoppable best, while Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return from injury against his former club. Continue reading…

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