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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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ESPN – Chelsea draw was a character-building exercise for Rodgers’ Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed Jose Mourinho's claim that Tuesday's 1-1 draw between both sides was a fair result. Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal may not be enough to progress to the final but there were signs of a different progress that could be more important in the long run. Manager Brendan Rodgers' formation has been much debated. Is this a temporary solution because of the form and fitness of certain players at his disposal, or an attempt to move the club forward without Luis Suarez? LIVERPOOL LATEST – Jolly: Reds take moral victory vs. Blues – Usher: Player Ratings against Chelsea – Done deal: Suso joins AC Milan – Sources: Lucas wants to leave Liverpool – Liverpool fan names daughter YNWA – Rodgers: Balotelli staying at Anfield That has not been easy to gauge because most of the games Liverpool…

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