Emre Can’s contract on hold: What Liverpool must do

Emre Can’s current contract expires next summer and Liverpool still didn’t strike a new deal that will keep the German at Anfield beyond the 2017/18 campaign.

Other clubs can approach Can in the January transfer window and are few interested clubs including Juventus and Man City, but Jurgen Klopp is hopeful he can persuade the compatriot to stay at Liverpool.

The time is running fast for the Reds, and unless they act quickly and offer an improved contract to Emre, the 23-year-old midfielder will continue his career elsewhere.


Apparent talent

The former Bayer Leverkusen’s player is having a solid season thus far, scoring three goals and recording a pair of assists, and he looked sharp in the No.6 role against West Ham in the absence of Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool’s midfield actually seemed better when Can is starting alongside Wijnaldum, with Henderson out of the starting lineup, and given that he’s a young player with more space to develop, it would be a mistake to let him go.

It could be said that Emre is having a season of his life as he never scored more than five goals in the campaign, but this time around he already bagged three for Liverpool and also his first for Germany.

Known for his solid technique and box-to-box movement, Emre can be lethal from a distance and score amazing goals, while his audacity fits the team’s spirit and the fans like it. Even though he made some mistakes in the past, and is not a reliable defender, Can has time to become better, and Anfield is a great place for him to be.


Liverpool’s stance and principles

While all at Liverpool are aware of Emre’s qualities and his importance to the club, they will not be forced into making a deal with any individual who doesn’t respect their principles and who wants to set ultimatums.

Therefore, the Reds are refusing to include the release fee clause in the contract, and that decision is the primary reason for contract breakdowns. Liverpool are obviously against the clause, so the player and his manager have to respect that, and unless Emre excludes it from proposed terms, he will be looking for a new team in the summer.

I personally understand Liverpool and their stance that no player is bigger than the club, and it’s pretty much up to the German; if he really wants to stay, he just needs to change one thing in his demands.


Possible alternatives

Liverpool already secured a deal to bring Naby Keita from Leipzig, and the midfielder will come to Anfield in a record-breaking transfer, so it’s evident that Klopp has big plans for him.

With Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, and even Oxlade-Chamberlain all set to feature in the midfield in the 2018/19 campaign, Klopp also has Marko Grujic who is still waiting for his chance, and Can’s departure could mean more playing time for the Serbian.

It is fair to say that the Reds have enough individuals to fill the midfield roles, and if Emre opts out, it will not affect the team’s playing style, so Liverpool could definitely live without him.

In the end, Liverpool and Can have a few additional months to agree on a new contract, and one thing is sure – Emre Can is Liverpool’s player until the end of June, and what will happen in the meantime remains to be seen.

Juventus denied the rumors that they will move for the German in January as they will wait for him in July, so Can and the Reds have enough time to find a solution and prolong the midfielder’s stay at Anfield.


Written by Oliver Zivic

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