Liverpool are set to offer influential midfielder Emre Can a new long-term deal at Anfield, according to reports on Thursday.
The Guardian‘s Andy Hunter, among other reliable Liverpool-based journalists, claims talks have already begun with Can, as they look to tie down the 22-year-old for the foreseeable future.
The German was one of Liverpool’s most impressive players last season, improving dramatically when Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager in October.
Used in his preferred central midfield role, Can showed his clear potential, combining pace, power, creativity and leadership qualities in the middle of the park.
The youngster is two years into his current four-year contract at Anfield, having joined for £9.75 million from Bayer Leverksuen in the summer of 2014.
It’s reported that his excellent form will be rewarded with this new and improved deal, which will keep him on Merseyside for longer than his current 2018 expiry date.
Liverpool believe everything can be completed before the start of next season, securing the future of one of their most prized assets in the process.
Can made 49 appearances last season, and was an integral part of the team’s noticeable improvement under Klopp. He scored just two goals, though, which is perhaps the one area he could work on during the summer.
While certain players will be sweating about their place in the side next season and beyond, it is clear that Can will be one of the first names on the team-sheet moving forward.
He is currently on international duty with Germany at Euro 2016, although a squad role in France looks likely over the next month.