Jack Hallows believes Emre Can deserves to be the next player at Liverpool to be given a new contract and should be given it ASAP!

Five months ago, any doubts Liverpool fans had over Emre Can signing a new deal were all fair game.

The German was struggling with a calf injury that had hampered his form and playing time – he had made just eight Premier League starts before the turn of the year – while Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana were all cementing themselves as key men in Jürgen Klopp’s plans.

Now, however, any and all doubts should have entirely subsided. Coutinho, Lallana, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren have all signed new deals with the club recently and it only makes sense for Emre Can to be the next one to secure his long-term future at the club.

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As previously mentioned, the standoff earlier in this season was completely understandable, especially from the club’s point of view. Can was out of form, out of the starting XI and desperately struggling to get back to the player he was at the tail end of last season.

The discrepancy between what Liverpool was prepared to offer Can and what the player’s camp was asking for was just too big for a compromise to be found. Can simply hadn’t done enough at the start of this season to take the next step into the highest earning bracket of players at the club.

While Can has openly insisted that the contract delays have never been about the money – “It isn’t about money. We’ve had a few good meetings and everything is fine. You never know what will happen in football but I am happy here. I hope to play for many years at Liverpool” – he’s surely earned a new bumper pay day with his recent performances.

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Liverpool needs leadership, grit, physicality and match-winning ability in their squad, all of which are possessed by Emre Can.

 

Of course, while likely influenced by his agent, the amount of money on offer may indeed have never been a big deal for Can himself.

This is a guy who left Bayern Munich at 19 for Bayer Leverkusen because he was desperate for playing time. Out of Klopp’s starting XI and seemingly not featuring prominently in his plans, Can may have started to fear for the importance of his future at Liverpool Football Club.

The German is not a player who is satisfied when sitting on the bench and it’s likely he didn’t want to risk signing an extension at a time when he wasn’t being given a solid run of games.

Whatever the main issue – money, playing time etc – surely there’s been a shift in stance now for both player and club.

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The German has evidently played his way back into the forefront of Klopp’s thoughts and is cementing himself week by week as an important, undroppable member of the Reds starting XI.

He’s become quicker in both feet and mind, upped his goal tally from two in his previous two full seasons to five this term and has become far more physically mobile and dynamic now that his injury has subsided.

Add to that how comfortable he looks both in the holding role and in a creative role further forward and you have the closest thing to a ‘complete midfielder’ that Liverpool currently possess.

In a time when Liverpool has lost some of their best players to injury and needed others to step up and let their feet do the talking, Can has stood taller than most. Give this lad a new contract.

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