Emre Can has revealed what Jürgen Klopp said to him after he sealed a move to Juventus last month.
While the German’s exit would have been far more significant in past transfer windows, the work that Liverpool have done in the market this summer has meant that Can has become a forgotten man.
Fabinho was signed to replace him for £45million while Naby Keïta has finally arrived from RB Leipzig after the drama of the 2017 summer transfer window.
The Guinean’s ability to run straight at defences and slalom into dangerous areas will go a long way to plugging the gap left by Philippe Coutinho – even if Nabil Fekir does eventually sign for the Reds.
“My relationship with Klopp was always good. He wished me all the best when I told him I was leaving,” Can told BBC Sport while on tour with his new club in the United States.
“Not a lot of managers would let you play so many times when you are in the final year of your contract. But I always did my best. I always wanted to help the team. That is what he saw. That is why he kept faith with me.
“I am really happy to be in Turin. The project is big. Our main focus has to be Serie A but of course, we want to win the Champions League. We don’t just go in there and think ‘we will see what happens’. Juventus has always tried to win the Champions League.”