Talks opened: Klopp desperate for 23-year-old to be at Liverpool next season
By Matt Bullin
Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool are in talks with Emre Can over a new contract and he is positive the deal will get agreed.
The German explained that he is keen to retain the services of Can, who has been in fine form in recent weeks and scored a goal of the season contender last time out against Watford.
Liverpool won 1-0 at Vicarage Road thanks to Can’s wonder strike, and further strengthened their chances of a top four finish.
The 23-year-old’s contract at Anfield is up next year and he has not put pen to paper on an extension deal yet.
However Klopp has now admitted that he wants the former Bayern Munich man to stay amid interest from European clubs, who can take advantage of the player’s contract situation to sign him for a bargain fee this summer.
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Speaking in the Daily Express, Klopp said: “It’s no secret how much I like Emre. He likes the club.
“We’re in talks. There is no pressure. All is good. I am quite positive. Keeping good players makes sense and Emre is a good player.”
Klopp’s comments come after Liverpool fans urged the club to offer Can a new deal following his performance last time out.
Can joined the Reds from Bayern Leverkusen in 2014 for £10million and has since gone onto make 126 appearances in all competitions.
This season he has been a key figure in Klopp’s midfield, making 37 league and cup appearances, scoring five goals.
Next up for Can and Liverpool is a home match versus Southampton on Sunday, where they will look to continue their push for a finish in the Champions League places.
In other Liverpool news, here is Klopp’s best possible line-up for the clash versus the Saints.