Confirmed: Liverpool in advanced talks to secure deal with 22-year-old
By Alex Stevens
Liverpool are in advanced talks to tie Emre Can down to a new long-term contract.
The Germany international only has 18 months to run on his current deal but has revealed that negotiations between the club and his agent over an extension are at an advanced stage.
Can, who joined Liverpool for £10million from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014, was hampered by an ankle injury earlier in the season but has forced his way back into Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent weeks.
“Yes, the club have spoken to my agent,” Can said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “The talks are going very good.
“I have one-and-a-half years left. I am still under contract and it is my agent’s work (to sort it out).
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“I am very happy here at Liverpool.”
Can has started for the Merseysiders in their last three games after being recalled to the side following an injury to Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Germany midfielder has kept his place in the team despite the availability of Wijnaldum for the last two matches, which Liverpool have won with excellent performances against West Brom and Crystal Palace.
Can, who scored the opener in Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Palace, has won 50 per cent of headed duels and completed 80 per cent of his passes this season.
He is expected to retain his starting spot for Sunday’s home clash against high flying Watford at Anfield.
Liverpool have not lost in the Premier League since their 2-0 defeat to Burnley on the second weekend of the season, and have the chance to go into the international break at the top of the league.
In other Liverpool news, the club have made a landmark recruitment decision that Klopp is thrilled about.