With it unsure whether or not Emre Can will continue at Liverpool next season, Matthew Sinton is uncertain if the German should continue starting for the Reds.
Recent reports indicate that 23-year-old midfielder Emre Can is almost certain to be on his way out of Liverpool next summer as there appears to be no solution to his contract problems.
He was first offered a new deal shortly after the end of last season, but no deal has yet been reached and now it doesn’t look as though that will happen at all.
If this is the case and Emre already has his mind elsewhere, does he deserve to still be in the starting lineup every week? The situation with Philippe Coutinho is similar, but he has the performances to back it up.
Every Liverpool fan knows that Can is capable of brilliant things, but for me, he just doesn’t show that consistently enough; for every time he dominates the midfield or scores a screamer, there are several poor performances.
Young talents like Marko Grujic are eager to impress and still waiting for a chance, so perhaps we could use Can’s place in midfield to develop Grujic. Also, once Adam Lallana comes back he will surely take back his place in the starting eleven; add Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Philippe Coutinho to the midfield options and Can may struggle to keep his place.
I’m not saying by any means that he’s a bad player – he certainly has a lot of talent – but his time at the club has been disappointing to me overall.
Ideally, Naby Keita would have been adding to midfield options that include Emre Can, but as things stand we will still be replacing him with a better player. Hopefully, Klopp will make another addition to the midfield next summer and we won’t even notice Can’s absence (of course, it’s better to have even more strength in depth).
If Can has made it very clear that he does not see his future at Liverpool, I’d get him out in January and bring in a suitable replacement; his performances may only get worse as his desire to play for the club decreases.
If he does decide to make a U-turn and commit his future to the Reds, I’ll forgive and get behind him, but his problems will remain. I admit he would be a welcome addition to most teams in Europe, but I’d rather have an equally talented player who wants to play for us.
What do you think? Would you get rid of Emre as soon as possible, or make the most of him while we still have him?