By Richard Parks
Liverpool fans took to Twitter to express their anger after Jurgen Klopp joked that Emre Can has demanded a £250,000-a-week deal to remain at Liverpool.
The Germany international, 24, is out of contract at the end of the season and has admitted that he could quit Anfield for another top-level club.
There have been widespread reports that Can is seeking an extremely lucrative agreement to extend his spell with Liverpool, with one report stating last weekend that he is holding out for £200,000-a-week.
Asked for an update on the midfielder’s situation, manager Klopp joked at his media briefing early on Friday afternoon that the German is actually wanting an even bigger pay day of £250,000-a-week as talks continue with the player.
There were laughs from assembled journalists at Melwood, but supporters on social media did not appear to see the funny side.
One slammed Can as “scandalous” for his greed, while another insisted he would personally “pay for his one-way ticket” out of Anfield.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Emre Can wanting £250,000 a week is scandalous. Clearly has some elevated ideas that he’s going to be the best midfielder in the world. He’s not even a guaranteed starter and Hendo is better than him. Off to Turin he goes then. #LFC
— Ben Evans (@BElfc02) March 30, 2018
— And Could He Play (@andcouldheplay7) March 30, 2018
I believe we need him so Klopp and the team should work it out as soon as possible..
— Yeboah Daniel (@yeboah_danny) March 30, 2018
£49.65 that’s all I’d give him….to pay for his One way ticket to Turin.???????????? pic.twitter.com/aBnwaSwxwe
— Ian (@ianlfc05) March 30, 2018
— LFCZA ???????? (@LFCZA) March 30, 2018
Sarcasm guys! Chills ????????????????
— nauf luali (@nauflualihasan) March 30, 2018
In other Liverpool news, the club are to table a mega goal machine offer, he will certainly be at Anfield in 18/19.