The latest story to come from Anfield is that Emre Can is still yet to sign a new deal. Reports suggest there is a stumbling block on the release clause of the contract. The 23-year-old has started the season well with two goals in the Champions League qualifiers and an assist in the Premier league.
Can hasn’t been an absolute certainty in the starting line-up throughout his Liverpool career until now. He has had some very memorable moments in front of the Kop, though. If he was to let his contract run down, would Liverpool miss him?
The German international can play a number of positions to a high standard. Under Brendan Rodgers, Can was often used along the back four and on occasions Klopp has used him in defence, too. The fact he can play anywhere along the back four is priceless for any manager that needs options in his squad – also great for Football Manager, just saying! However, Can will be hoping to cement his place in the holding midfield area, which is his natural position.
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Can isn’t afraid to try a thunderbolt from outside the box. Ok, more often than not these efforts don’t go in for players, but we have seen some sweet strikes by the German in his relatively short career. His insane overhead kick goal against Watford last season was voted Goal of the Season by the BBC.
Eye for a pass
For club and country Can, can link up play brilliantly with great finesse. Whether it’s a fast paced drilled through ball or a cheeky loft chip into the box, Can’s imagination on the pitch can be a real pleasure to watch. Unlocking the oppositions defence and running the show in midfield is a quality managers long for.
Good defensive work
A holding midfielder has to do a lot of the dirty work. Can is prepared to do this side of the game, too. He averages 2.5 tackles a game and makes a number of key interceptions. Liverpool need someone to screen their shaky back four at times – especially if Dejan Lovren falls over for the hundredth time!
He can be reckless
In the 2015/16 season, Can picked up ten yellow cards in all competitions. He also saw red in the Premier League when he received a second yellow for a dangerous challenge on Danny Welbeck in their 4-1 defeat against Arsenal in the 2014/15 season. As a central midfielder, you are bound to pick up bookings, though, so it is hard to be too harsh on the German for his disciplinary record.
Keita will be joining next season
New record signing Naby Keita will be going to the Reds next summer from Red Bull Leipzig for £48 million. Klopp has splashed the cash this season and was relentlessly chasing the Guinea international’s signature all summer. This will impact Can’s starting role next season, because Keita will be vying for a spot in the centre of the park as well. Liverpool may choose to let Can’s contract run down because they already have a ready-made replacement.
At 23 years of age, Can is still developing as a footballer and is starting to gain more appearances for the national team, too. Even if they get him to sign a new deal and sell him on later, his price would be very high in this current crazy transfer market due to his age and potential. He could maybe oust Henderson out the team and start with Keita next season, though, too. Who knows what cheeky Klopp is thinking!