Although Liverpool and Emre Can are yet to come to an agreement on the German’s wage, the Reds will not sell the midfielder and run the risk of letting him leave in 2018 on a free transfer.
With Can reported as wanting his wages boosted to £100,000-a-week and Liverpool seemingly unwilling to pay that, the two parties have reached an impasse.
While there have been times this season when Can has failed to meet the high standards expected of a Liverpool midfielder, he has raised his game in recent weeks. So much so that fans, who were calling for his head just a few weeks ago, are now suggesting Liverpool hand him a new contract.
Can joined Liverpool for pre-season later than most of the squad after an extended Euro campaign with Germany in France. A shorter pre-season coupled with an injury-riddled start to the season meant that Can never got off on the right foot.
Liverpool, according to the Guardian, intend to keep Emre Can this summer and run the risk of letting him leave for free when his contract expires.
As the Guardian’s Andy Hunter points out, Can’s contract situation with Liverpool contrasts with Ross Barkley’s at Everton who has been told to make a decision to extend his contract by the end of the season or be sold.
Whereas, on the other hand, Jürgen Klopp is willing to work with Can to find a resolution.
There is an overwhelming sense that if Liverpool allow Can to leave, or if he stays, he will grow into a fantastic midfielder. As far as I’m concerned, Liverpool can’t afford to risk losing out on one of Europe’s most intriguing midfield talents just to save money as has been the club’s wont in recent years.
Emre Can’s return to form has been pivotal in Liverpool’s resurgence. pic.twitter.com/s2Yc1tKKro
— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) April 19, 2017
Liverpool are favourites to finish in the top four ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United. With some luck and good form, there’s the chance that the Reds could even wind up finishing in third place ahead of Manchester City who have the Manchester derby still to play.
Emre Can has been crucial to Liverpool’s top four push and the Anfield hierarchy should look to both his development under Klopp and his resurgence this season after a bad start as motive for renewing his contract.
I am certain that Liverpool will regret not renewing Can’s as he has an incredible career ahead of him at just 23 years of age.