The world’s worst kept secret is out as German midfielder Emre Can is finally confirmed to have left Liverpool Football Club.
It feels as if Emre Can’s exit from Liverpool has been coming since literally day one of the 2017/18 Premier League season and frankly, I stopped caring about this saga long ago.
However, with Liverpool’s ‘retained list’ having been released by the club on Friday, it has officially been confirmed that the former Bayern Munich midfielder has exited the club upon completion of his contract.
The German featured 166 times for the Reds over the course of his four years at the club, scoring 14 goals and playing an instrumental part in both of Klopp’s European final runs.
Despite featuring regularly and being seen as an important player for the club for much of Klopp’s Liverpool reign, Can failed to nail down a starting spot in the Reds XI during any of his seasons at the club. It’s felt that playing time and his wish to play as a ‘6’ rather than an ‘8’ were both key aspects of his failure to agree fresh terms with the club.
New signing Fabinho is seen as the German’s direct replacement.
Alongside Can, it was revealed that youth players Toni Gomes, Paulo Alves, Mich’el Parker, Jordan Williams, Anthony Glennon, Jordan Hunter and Harvey Whyte have also all left the club while Yan Dhanda has already completed a move to Swansea City.
The only other departure that could be seen as potentially ‘high profile’ is Jon Flanagan with the 25-year old being let go by his boyhood club after a troubled season.