Emre Can is unlikely to be leaving Liverpool any time soon, despite the young German running into the final year of his current contract.
Much has been of Can’s future with the Reds, with supporters split on whether or not the 23-year-old is an important player moving forward.
His form in the last month or so has been excellent in the absence of Jordan Henderson, with several performances crucial in Jurgen Klopp‘s side earning victories.
Can’s current deal runs out at the end of next season, but despite uncertainty about whether he will sign a new-and-improved £100,000 a week contract, it looks as though Liverpool won’t rush things.
According to the Telegraph‘s Chris Bascombe, “there are no ultimatums being issued to Can that he must commit or risk being frozen out or made available for transfer.”
He goes on to state that Klopp thinks highly of Can as a player, and that he doesn’t feel there is any need to rush the situation.
The Guardian‘s Andy Hunter has taken a similar stance on the matter, although he believes Can’s role in Liverpool’s team is a reason for the current stalling.
Hunter claims that “Can prefers a deeper midfield role to the more advanced position that, with its increased number of sprints, he blamed on the persistent calf problem that plagued him throughout the first half of this season.”
Whether Klopp can promise his compatriot a regular starting berth in this role remains to be seen, with Henderson so influential there earlier in the season.
Both reports would suggest that Can will eventually extend his stay on Merseyside, but it is clear that not everything is set in stone.
Despite some poor form prior to his good recent run, Can is someone Liverpool should be looking to keep hold of, given his potential and current ability.
The Reds must have a more formidable squad next season, and they cannot afford to be getting rid of players with a high ceiling.
Can may split opinion, but there seems little to gain in letting him go, unless a vast bid for him comes Liverpool’s way this summer.