Monday looms as a telling day as far as Emre Can’s season and potentially the remainder of his Liverpool career is concerned.
The German is currently continuing his recovery from a back injury that has seen him sidelined since the Reds’ 5-0 win over Watford at Anfield in March.
Can’s absence has combined with that of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first leg against Roma, in leaving Jurgen Klopp short of midfield options amid a period in which he would ideally like to rotate.
Liverpool’s box-to-box midfielder looks set to join Juventus on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer, but the hope is that he will first be able to help his team in the Champions League final against Real Madrid at the end of the month.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with Chelsea, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “We are in contact with Emre. An important day is next Monday and then we can make the decision if he starts training with us or not immediately.”
“It would only be good news for the final, probably not for the last game of the season.”
Though his future seemingly lies elsewhere, Can still offers expertise capable of assisting Liverpool in arguably the club’s biggest month under Klopp.
The 24-year-old’s energy and vigour alone would be a welcomed attribute in a monumental task of defeating a Madrid side looking to win a third successive European Cup.
Moreover, he offers the forward-thinking and drive from midfield partially capable of compensating for the loss of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s bursting runs to break the lines.