Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers wants to keep Reds pair
Brendan Rodgers discusses his plans for Glen Johnson and Lucas Leiva
Brendan Rodgers says he wants to keep Glen Johnson and Lucas Leiva at Liverpool.
The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A outfit Inter Milan in recent months, despite proving a key cog during the Reds’s nine-game unbeaten run.
He [Glen] is still a quality player and he has a lot to offer with his experience
Johnson, meanwhile, is set to become a free agent at the end of the season amid reports that his former club West Ham United are keen to bring the defender back to Upton Park.
However, Rodgers underlined his desire to keep midfielder Lucas at the club, particularly after the Brazilian forced his way back into the first-team.
“We want to keep Lucas. He was out of the team last year because of the nature of the set-up with Steven, in that co-ordinating role,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“But he is a prime example of someone who has played his way back into the first team by showing their level and commitment.”
Rodgers added that Johnson has a vital role to play when it comes to helping Liverpool’s up-and-coming stars to develop.
“For the younger players to develop their potential they are going to need that seniority around them. You can’t just have a whole group of young players,” Rodgers added.
“Glen is not the marauding full-back of six or seven years ago but he is still a quality player and he has a lot to offer with his experience. His game will adapt over the next couple of years and we want to keep him.
“Like every player he will want that security and to get it sorted earlier than it is now, but when he looks at it and realises he is at one of the biggest clubs in the world, with a team which is developing and growing, he would want to be a part of that.”
Liverpool face Bolton Wanderers at Anfield in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
The Reds drew 1-1 with Chelsea in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final mid-week.
Rodgers’ men are in eighth place in the Premier League following a mixed first half of the season.