Emre Can: No issues with Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool exit

9 July 2018

It’s almost gone unnoticed that Emre Can has left Liverpool this summer, such was the drawn out process of his eventual free transfer move to Juventus.


The German midfielder finally joined the Italian side at the start of July, after months of deadlines that came and went without any announcement.

The 24-year-old, who made 167 appearances for the Reds in four seasons, says there was no issue with Jurgen Klopp as the player ran his contract down.

“I had problems with Klopp? No, I had no problems with Klopp. I had a very good relationship with him,” Can said.

“At the end he wished me all the best here. I never had problems with Klopp.”

Can was linked with numerous European clubs before his switch to Juve was finally confirmed, and he has attempted to explain why he chose the Turin club:

“I had a lot of offers from very good teams.

“I decided to come to Juventus because I think the project here is very big. They have very big aims. I want to be part of the project here.

“I am really happy to be here. I know how Juventus play, I watched a lot of the games last season. One of my biggest idols was Zidane who played here too.

“My first manager when I started to play football was a huge Juventus fan. When I was six or seven he told me that one day I’d play for Juventus. Now I am here and it’s a cool story.

“The club had good contact with my agent for many years. I just know how huge the club is and the mentality of the club – they want to win titles. That’s my mentality too. I came here to win titles.

“I think the first target has to be to win Serie A and then comes the Champions League. That has to be our aim. I am here to help the team.”

Liverpool moved swiftly to replace Can with Monaco midfielder Fabinho in a deal worth around £43 million.

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