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Johnson makes a decision on Liverpool’s Luis Diaz, as well as Salah and Mane’s futures.

Johnson makes a decision on Liverpool’s Luis Diaz, as well as Salah and Mane’s futures.

Glen Johnson has welcomed the signing of Luis Diaz but believes his presence will have no impact on the futures of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

Liverpool signed the 25-year-old winger from Porto in January for an initial fee of £37 million.

Diaz has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with the Reds, but he will have to earn a spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, with the likes of Mane and Salah being essential to Liverpool’s recent success.

Former Liverpool defender Johnson feels Klopp will give him a fair shot if he can hit the ground running on Merseyside.

‘On paper, everything looks excellent,’ Johnson said in an interview with Metro.co.uk via Squawka.

‘We’ve seen a lot of wingers arrive in the Premier League and fail, so hopefully this isn’t the case.

‘As long as he can regain the form he had at Porto, I believe they’ve bought a wonderful player for a reasonable fee.

‘Of course, if you’re a player, you want to play every week, but I’m sure he’s been told… If he gets the shirt and plays well, he will most likely start every week.


‘There will be an element of pressure on him, but there will also be pressure on the other lads to keep him out of the side, so I believe it’s a really positive signing all round.’

Some see Diaz’s arrival as a long-term replacement for either Mane or Salah, who have both been linked with transfers away but have yet to sign new contracts.

Both are under contract until 2023, but Johnson believes Diaz would have been signed regardless of their circumstances.

‘I believe it’s simply a matter of adding bodies,’ Johnson remarked.

‘I believe they would have signed him even if Mo and Mane had signed a three-year contract.’

‘I think the competition is healthy; Mo is undoubtedly the team’s number one player, and rightly so.

‘I think that’s healthy competition for the others, and they’ll all have to fight it out.’

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