Emre Can left Liverpool on a free transfer last summer to join Juventus. The German international made an impressive 37 appearances for the Turin outfit as they secured a seventh successive Serie A title.
However, since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, the tenacious midfielder has fallen behind Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira in the pecking order. Sarri recognised that Can wasn’t essential to his plans and sanctioned his move to PSG over the summer according to reports in the Metro.
So should Liverpool move for Can now that he is seemingly unwanted in Italy?
The versatile midfielder is reportedly furious after being left out of Juve’s Champions League squad, claiming he was given assurances he would play in the competition, telling German publication Bild that “The condition (of him staying) was that [he’d] be in the Champions League”.
Can is the latest in a string of players to leave the Reds for a perceived ‘step up’, only to watch us win the Champions League from their sofa. Emre joins Owen and Coutinho in the hall of fame for mistimed high profile exits.
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The fact remains though that Can is a fantastic footballer and his playing style fits the Klopp philosophy. He is determined, aggressive, tenacious and versatile.
Should Liverpool move for Can? Only as a last resort. To welcome him back would set a dangerous precedent. To let his career slide into sub-appearance oblivion would be a warning to want-away stars. Yet, if the price is right and the player is contrite, Can could provide solid depth in midfield. With Milner entering the twilight of his career (if that is even possible), a jack of all trades could prove useful.