After an extended summer break due to international commitments, Emre Can will return to Melwood on Saturday.
When most of Liverpool’s players went on holiday following the end of the 2016/17 season, Emre Can joined up with his German teammates for the 2017 Confederations Cup in 2017.
Germany won the tournament and Can was therefore afforded less time off than his other teammates and was granted an extended leave from club duties to recover ahead of the new season.
Liverpool’s official website indicates that Can will report back to Melwood on Saturday for medical assessment before the rest of the squad returns from Hong Kong.
With Can returning to Melwood, Jürgen Klopp will have his full squad available to him as the German midfielder will be the last to return to training.
Although Liverpool is yet to manage to get Can to agree to a new contract, one of the club’s most important pieces of business for this summer is making sure that the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder stays on Merseyside for the 2017/18 season.
Some might say that it’s more important for Liverpool to sign a new midfielder, with Naby Keita a player that is highly linked with a move to Anfield, it will be just as important for Klopp to keep his current crop of players.
Liverpool won’t sell Can even if he doesn’t agree a new deal with the Reds, running the risk of letting him leave for free next summer.
Liverpool are expected to launch a third bid for Naby Keita worth £70m as the Reds look to sign their man but face heavy resistance from RB Leipzig.
Similarly, Southampton are loathe to let Virgil van Dijk join the Anfield outfit this summer and Liverpool face an uphill battle to sign him after the “tapping up” debacle last month.
In good news for the Reds, however, Liverpool are close to the £10m signing of Andy Robertson from Hull City with Kevin Stewart going the other way for almost the same amount.