Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is set to commit his long term future to the club, after he returns from holiday following Germany’s victorious 2017 Confederations Cup campaign. The 23-year-old is soon to join up with the Liverpool squad ahead of the club’s pre-season campaign, which will see the Reds play against the likes of Bayern Munich, Crystal Palace and Hertha BSC.
According to reports from Football Italia, Can will choose to extend his stay at Anfield with a lucrative new five-year contract, despite interest from Serie A giants Juventus. Given that the club have just sold club legend Leonardo Bonucci to big spenders AC Milan, it was popular belief that Juve wished to bring Can in and nurture his already fine capabilities to play as a centre-back.
The €31m-rated midfielder became a key player for Liverpool last season, taking on the unenviable task of filling the injury-plagued Jordan Henderson’s boots in the heart of midfield. Reds boss Jürgen Klopp reportedly put his players through a cruel fitness regime last season, and Can proved to be one of the squad players to visibly benefit from the cardiorespiratory fitness boost.
Liverpool fans will be desperate to hang on to the former Bayern Munich man, who has transformed himself from an also-ran into a key member of the team. Can’s moment of the season was undoubtedly his stunning overhead bicycle kick in a 1-0 away win to Watford, which was subsequently voted the BBC Goal of the Season at the end of the Premier League season.