Emre Can insists he is fully committed to helping Liverpool progress, despite being regularly linked with a move away from the club.
The German is now in the final year of his contract at Anfield, with stalling negotiations having alerted Juventus to the possibility of signing him next summer.
An offer from Liverpool has seemingly been on the table since January, but both club and player are yet to reach an agreement.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Can remains entirely focused on the Reds.
“I made forward steps in my three years here,” he told the Times’ Paul Joyce.
“It is my fourth season now in Liverpool and I played a lot of games. I am really enjoying being here. It is a great club.”
“Of course I can play better sometimes, I know that, but I think my development has been good so far. I try to be better and I train hard for that. Why should my commitment be any different? I have a contract I playing for the club, I earn my money here and I love to play for Liverpool.”
“I don’t think about setbacks, or injury, when I am going out on the pitch. I only think about how I am going to help my team. That [injury] can always happen, but on the pitch I only think about how we can win the game.”
Recent reports have suggested Can is keen to have a release clause inserted into any potential contract, which is something Liverpool are undoubtedly reluctant to agree to.
That said, doing so may be worthwhile when considering the prospect of losing the midfielder for free when his current deal expires next summer.
Can has grown to be an influential figure under Jurgen Klopp within the last six months, with his fine form towards the end of last season forcing unconvinced fans to backtrack on their opinions of him.
The 23-year-old’s mixed start to the campaign hasn’t deterred Reds from deeming his future on Merseyside as something for the club to prioritise.
Though the rumours are worrying, the fact Can’s mind is only on Liverpool is something to take confidence from.