Emre Can was very good for Liverpool this season, but his contract status was a constant source of discussion for Jurgen Klopp and his back room men.
Can, 24, has long been linked with Juventus and is going to land there.
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The German center midfielder is apparently a medical away from making his Turin move a formal one.
Can’s eight yellow cards led the Reds despite his playing in just 26 Premier League matches, starting 24 and posting three goals with five assists.
He played 12 other matches, registering three goals.
You can see why the Reds would’ve preferred to keep Can. With him in the Starting XI, Liverpool went 19W-9D-5L. They were pretty darn good without him, too, but not on that level (12W-7D-4L).
Naby Keita and Fabinho should improve Liverpool’s midfield quite a bit, but we’re pretty sure keeping Can would’ve worked just fine for Klopp. Unfortunately, it was out of his hands.
Emre Can‘s long-rumored move to Italy looks to be a formality at this point.
The Liverpool midfielder has agreed a five-year contract with Juventus, worth $7.25 million per season according to Gazzetta Dello Sport in Italy. Can was reportedly convinced by the Juventus brass that he’d have a better chance of winning titles in Turin, as opposed to either staying on Merseyside or heading to his native Germany.
For Liverpool, this could be a tough pill to swallow. The club spent nearly $14 million in 2014 to sign Can from Bayer Leverkusen when the tough and disciplined midfielder was just 20-years old. Since then, Can has developed into a reliable holding midfielder, providing grit, tactical awareness and the odd goal or two, like this one.
This season, Can has scored six goals in 33 matches, and losing him on a free transfer to a rival team in terms of the UEFA Champions League could be a missed opportunity for Liverpool to lock down one of Europe’s best young wingers.
The club must hope that incoming signing Naby Keita from RB Leipzig can fill Can’s old role, or at least supplement the current midfield of Jordan Henderson and a rotating cast that’s been the now-injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Georginio Wijnaldum or Can. Otherwise, it’s losing a bright young player for nothing on the free agency market.
Liverpool may have lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but they might just get a reinforcement back just in time.
Adam Lallana has been out since limping off against Crystal Palace on March 31 after just five minutes, but according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, he’s nearing a return. Klopp said that Lallana’s injury is a thing of the past, and that he’s simply looking to regain match fitness to be able to fully contribute.
“Adam is here doing his fitness work,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League match against Stoke City on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET. “He’s not injured any more but he’s not fit yet. We hope still that one or two games might be possible for him. We will see.”
Lallana has truly struggled with with injuries this season, spending nearly the first three months of the season on the shelf with a hamstring problem plus he sat for another 12 matches after that for various reasons. Lallana hasn’t completed a full 90 minutes in Premier League play this entire season. However, should he prove fit before the end of the Premier League season, that would also see him available for a potential Champions League final if Liverpool can seal the deal in Rome.
Meanwhile, Klopp also spoke about Emre Can who has seen lots of time in the trainer’s room with a back injury, without an appearance since March 17. The prospects of Can returning are less promising thank Lallana, with Klopp saying, “Emre is a little bit further away. His rehab is improving a lot. It is much better, but it is quite close to the end of the season.
“I haven’t closed any doors on both of them,” Klopp said of the injured pair. “There is still a possibility.”
Jurgen Klopp says that nothing is decided on Emre Can‘s future and that the two sides are still in talks about a new contract for next season and maybe beyond.
The 24-year-old is a free agent after the season, and the longer he goes without a contract extension, the more people begin to believe he will depart Anfield for nothing.
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However, Klopp insists that the Reds are in an advantageous position, and that the club is conducting talks with Can’s representatives. “The situation is open, it’s what we said before. As long as nothing is decided it’s open, we’re in talks with him, all good so far apart from he hasn’t signed. That’s all. Ok, no problem with that,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Liverpool’s match against Crystal Palace on Saturday morning.
Can has been linked to many Champions League clubs around Europe, with Juventus the most often discussed. The German international has been mum on his future to leave his options open.
Should Liverpool allow a versatile 24-year-old German international leave on a free, it would be a financial disaster of epic proportions. Can would command a hefty fee on the trade market if he wasn’t on an expiring contract, and he also remains one of the more consistent performers at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield and defense.
Can is reportedly a question mark for the game against Crystal Palace with a back injury.
Liverpool swing man Emre Can – whose contract expires this summer – has not yet found a club to sign with yet, and the future free agent is playing up his own talents while looking for a new home.
“I have the self-confidence to say that my qualities are sufficient to play in a very big club next season,” Can told German newspaper Suddeutche Zeitung. “I’m doing great in England. The Spanish league is also attractive. The same applies to Germany, where tactics are concerned, and the Italian club football, which has recently caught up.”
“Incidentally, the same applies to France, this league has now established itself as one of the best in Europe. Therefore, I do not want to exclude anything.”
However, Can also said that the Premier League’s spending power plays a major role, and singled out the German top flight – his home country – for its inability to pay top players.
“Sure, the Bundesliga would interest me, why not? Although I must say honestly that the level has waned in recent years,” he said. “The Premier League has the power to spend more money on players than the Bundesliga. This is very, very important for players.”
Despite those comments, the 24-year-old insists that money is not the ultimate deciding factor in where he will play.
“What counts for me is that I’m an integral part of the team and at a club with a chance of winning the title,” he added. “That’s what every footballer dreams of because that’s the reward of your hard work.”
Can has not ruled out a return to Liverpool, a club that he says “still feels like family.”