Emre Can is leaving Liverpool.
We’d be kidding ourselves if we thought anything different at this stage.
The German is not renewing terms and a major report in the Daily Mail this morning confirmed he’s on his way via a Bosman deal – allowed to speak to other teams and put pen to paper as early as January 1.
Jurgen Klopp was asked about the midfielder’s situation in his press-conference today and gave an interesting answer.
He hinted that Can could choose to extend his Liverpool deal in May 2018, while suggesting that so long as he stays focussed on the job in hand, he’ll continue to pick him – regardless of a future exit.
“It’s allowed that he could sign a contract (with Liverpool) in May. I have no problem with that,” Klopp began.
“As long as Emre doesn’t give me one sign that his mind is elsewhere, I don’t have to talk about this. Everything is okay from my side.”
There were suggestions that Klopp should take Can out of the side if he’s leaving and use somebody else, but that clearly isn’t in the manager’s consideration – and rightly so.
If we are losing Can for nothing, we might as well get the best use out of him we can before his inevitable departure.
It’s going to hurt quite a bit watching him flourish elsewhere, but hopefully the incoming Naby Keita will soften the blow.
The Guinean is one of the best midfielders in Europe and we cannot wait to see him strut his stuff at Anfield.