Liverpool make emphatic decision on future of 23-year-old star - report
By Danny Wright
Liverpool will not try to sell Emre Can in the summer even though his contract is set to expire in just over 12 months, according to a report.
The Guardian reports that the Reds have made the emphatic decision to keep the 23-year-old at Anfield despite a host of European clubs being interested in his signature.
They consider him a valuable member of Klopp’s squad and don’t believe they could replace him for the price he would fetch.
Can’s contract runs out at the end of next season and clubs can offer him a pre-contract deal as soon as January if he doesn’t agree to fresh terms on Merseyside.
A previous report in the Mirror claimed that Juventus were just one of the top European clubs interested in his services.
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Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim were also linked with bringing the defensive midfielder back to Germany.
Can, who moved to Liverpool from Leverkusen in 2014, is believed to be after £100,000-a-week in his new deal.
He is also concerned about his role in the team, preferring a deeper role to the advanced position he’s been played in – something he blames for his persistent calf problem in the first half of the season.
The eight-times German international has been a key part of Klopp’s first-team plans this season making 35 appearances across all competitions, scoring four goals and supplying three assists.
He’s made a total of 124 appearances for the Reds since his £9.75million switch three years ago.
Can began his footballing career in the academy of Bayern Munich, but only made seven first-team appearances before he moved to Leverkusen.
Football Insider Verdict
Liverpool could easily get a lot of money for Can because of how well he has played throughout this season but this seems like a bit of a risky move from the Merseysiders. If they don’t get a deal signed off by the beginning of January then they can expect him to leave for nothing as clubs will be free to offer him a pre-contract deal. If they really believe that he is so valuable to the first-team then they should be willing to offer him what he wants. In the scheme of things it’s not a vast amount of money and Can’s improved performances for Liverpool in the second half of the season have won fans over as well as the club. We expect this to be resolved amicably over the summer.
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