Disagreements over contracts seems to have become a far too regular occurrence at Liverpool and across football over the past few years.
It remains to be seen just how significant a say the players themselves have in how much money they want to be earning and just how often wage demands are driven by their agents.
Emre Can is the latest Liverpool player whose future at the club is uncertain, with the German no closer to agreeing a new deal at the club despite an offer being on the table since the start of the year, according to the Mirror.
“Can’s agent wants to more than double the 23-year-old’s current salary of around £35,000 a week,” reported David Maddock.
“And that will alert several German clubs such as his former club Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig — who are flush with cash and would be prepared to bid big for the player, even with his contract ticking down.”
Can will have only one year left on his contract at the end of the season, leaving Liverpool will a difficult decision to make in terms of agreeing to an increase in his pay or selling the midfielder.
Such a drastic pay rise would seem unjustified for a man who has failed to assert himself as a first team regular and develop his game to the standard many at Liverpool, including Jurgen Klopp, hoped and believed he would.
The former Leverkusen player has the technical attributes and the physicality to make him an influential and valuable box-to-box or holding midfielder but it just hasn’t happened for him as of yet.
We hope the club and player can come to some kind of reasonable agreement and one in which truly reflects his current worth to the team. Klopp needs so much more from him if he is to become a £70,000-a-week star.