Jurgen Klopp has pointed out that Emre Can’s impressive form in recent weeks shows that he’s not letting the uncertainty over his future affect his game.
When Manchester City visited Anfield eight days ago, the energy and willingness to run of Liverpool’s midfield three suffocated the creative influence that the City players tend to exert over their opponents.
While Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deservedly picked up the Man of the Match award after opening the scoring in the eighth minute and running himself into the ground all game, Can was superb at breaking up play in the middle of the park.
The German international has been superb in the last few weeks, just kicking on and doing his job instead of letting contract talk and transfer rumours get in the way of what could be a very good season for Liverpool.
“Emre is here in the moment and that is the most important thing,” Klopp said.
“We have to create a situation where players want to stay – that’s all we can do as a club, as a team and me as a manager.
“For me, there is no problem if Emre plays like he is in the moment.
“Especially with the injury of Hendo (Jordan Henderson), he’s been playing pretty much all the time which is really difficult.
“For 60, 70 minutes he was outstanding against City. Important and impressive and stuff like that. We will see what happens. He didn’t sign a new contract for us yet otherwise we would have informed you.”
Many fans are actually curious to know why Can wants to move on. With the Reds playing bloody good football, Can playing every week, in with a chance of winning silverware and being offered a sizeable increase, what is motivating him to leave?
“Look, I don’t know,” Klopp added when asked about it.
“There are other places with football clubs as well. We cannot ignore that.
“In this era, maybe they are not all one team players. By the way, you only want the good players to be that. If someone not so good stays at one club all his life you say: ‘Why are you still here?’
“Let me say it like this, we have to make it as difficult as possible for them to want to leave here.
“That can and probably will still happen in the future. It is not a big problem, but we can’t let it happen too often.”