Jurgen Klopp has admitted defeat in the battle to retain the services of German international midfielder Emre Can who will now likely exit Anfield this summer, according to a report.
The Sun announced the news after it emerged that the two parties were unable to reach an agreement to extend the 24-year-old’s current deal at the club, meaning the player can leave on a free transfer in a matter of months.
However, the manager did say that despite there being no new contract for Can, the German would not be leaving the club this month after various rumours suggested a move to Italian giants Juventus was on the cards.
Speaking to DAZN in Germany, Klopp said, “He’ll stay beyond the winter, Emre is still a young lad but he has developed into a great player and is very important for us.
“Sometimes a player just wants to sit out his contract.
“That’s not cool for the club, but there are moments in which you have to accept it.”
Supporters of the Reds will undoubtedly be disappointed with the latest development, particularly given the midfielder’s form this season.
Can has been a key player for the Merseysider’s in the 33 matches he’s played this term, notching up five goals from the centre of the park.
Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup this weekend against a struggling West Bromwich Albion side and on the back of a defeat to Swansea in the Premier League, it has been a tough week for the Reds.
They will hope to return to winning ways against Huddersfield Town in the league on Tuesday night.
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