So what would his response be if Liverpool returned in January and attempted to lure him? "They'd have to sell the stadium," he retorts. A swap with Steven Gerrard could force his hand? The question was asked in jest. "Yeah, that's maybe the only way. But I don't think Johnson wants to go anywhere."
The 19-year-old has been compared with the Liverpool midfielder.
"He's a bit different. Gerrard is biting more than Michael maybe. Michael is an all-round footballer. He can score goals, he sees passes, is a good runner. He can defend. And he has a fantastic temperament. I'm pretty sure one day he will play for England seniors."