Rodgers Not Want Left Glen Johnson and Lucas
Liverpool – Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, hoping Glen Johnson and Lucas Leiva not leave the club. Rodgers still need senior players like Johnson and Lucas after Steven Gerrard confirmed to go.
After so long resided at Anfield, Gerrard will leave when his contract runs out at the end of this season. The Liverpool captain will then continue his career in Major League Soccer (MLS) with Los Angeles Galaxy.
The loss of senior players and an important figure in the dressing room like Gerrard is not favored Rodgers. He did not want to be another senior player. According to him, an important senior players to help the development of young players in his team.
“What we want is to keep all the players – we must not lose three or four players for next season,” Rodgers said on Sky Sports.
“Steven certainly is a loss. When you will lose someone of his caliber, it is a disadvantage to any club,” he added.
“The young players need seniority around them to develop their potential. You can not have a team whose content only young players,” said Rodgers.
Johnson’s future at Liverpool is still a question mark. Defender 30-year contract that will expire at the end of this season and there has been no talk of a new contract.
“The ability Glen is no longer the same as six or seven years ago, but he’s still a quality player and he’s still a lot that can give through his experience. In the next few years, the game will adjust and we want to keep him,” said Rodgers.
“I know the club and his agent to speak ahead of the start of the season and I hope we can find a solution and he will survive,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Lucas recently been linked with several other clubs, one of Inter Milan. Rodgers did not want the Brazilian midfielder was gone.
“We want to defend Lucas,” said Rodgers.
“He rarely played last season because of a new role Steven lived. But he is a good example of someone who re-penetrate the first team to demonstrate the level and commitment,” he said.