Klopp blow as Liverpool 23-year-old set to miss pre-season fixtures
By Russell Edge
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will be missing for part of the club’s pre-season preparations after he was named in Germany’s Confederations Cup squad.
The 23-year-old was one of 23 names chosen by Germany manager Joachim Low to represent the country at the competition, which takes place in Russia.
The tournament runs from June 17 to July 2, meaning that Liverpool’s Can would get less than a month off after the Premier League season ends on May 21.
There’s also Liverpool’s trip to Australia to play Sydney FC on May 24, although Klopp hasn’t announced whether the entire first team will make the long journey to play.
Can has made seven appearances for his national team, but is yet to find the net.
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The news of the squad was broken by the international team’s official Twitter account:
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) May 17, 2017
The news is a blow to Jurgen Klopp’s pre-season preparations as he will likely be missing the 23-year-old from his squad for some of their off-season matches.
The Reds are set to travel to Asia for a short summer tour in July where they will play two fixtures, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
However they are likely to do so without Can, who is likely to be afforded time to rest and recover after a long season.
The midfielder has played a key role throughout the 2016/17 season for the Anfield side, making 39 appearances across all competitions, scoring five goals.
Players are usually allowed three-weeks rest after the end of an international tournament, meaning that Can would not make it back to training until the end of July, after the Red’s Asian tour.
He is no stranger to returning to pre-season training late, having done so for two consecutive years thanks to the U21 European Championships in 2015, and then the Euros in France a year later.