Glen Johnson's Liverpool future is shrouded in uncertainty after manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the club have not entered discussions regarding a new contract for the England full-back.
Johnson is entering the last 30 months of his current deal at Anfield having joined the Reds in 2009 and is reportedly seeking a renewal to his deal past its expiry in 2015.
But Liverpool, who only signed captain Steven Gerrard to a new deal once he entered the final 12 months of his previous agreement, have so far held off entering negotiations with Johnson who is currently out with an ankle injury suffered in the win over Manchester United.
"It's something the club will take up at the right time. I'm not sure where it's at," said manager Brendan Rodgers.
Both Andre Wisdom and Kolo Toure have been forced to fill-in at full back and Liverpool's defensive frailties without Johnson were exposed as Southampton snatched a 1-0 win at Anfield through Dejan Lovren's headed goal last weekend.
The 29 year old will likely miss Liverpool's next three games as well as the climax to England's World Cup qualifying campaign against Montengro and Poland next month before a likely return against Newcastle United on 19 October.
The ex-West Ham United, Chelsea and Portsmouth defender revealed on Twitter that the protective boot supporting his left ankle has been removed as he ramps up his return from injury and manager Rodgers admits he is desperate for Johnson's return.
"Glen is the type of player you don't realise what you're missing until he is not in the team," Rodgers said. "He is athletic and he started the season very, very well. He was outstanding against Manchester United so it will be great when we get him back.
"He's got the boot off his foot and he is working very hard. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks he will be back."
The loss of Johnson is accentuated by injuries to Philippe Coutinho and Aly Cissokho who are set for lengthy spells on the sidelines.