Liverpool have made sure they will be playing Champions League football next season but they won’t be thinking about that just yet.
That’s because Jurgen Klopp’s side have the small matter of the Champions League final to concentrate on before they can start making any preparations for next season.
Of course, the Reds have already made one move in the transfer market to prepare for the 2018/19 season with the prospect of Naby Keita arriving at Anfield.
However, while Keita walks through the door, another quality midfielder is set to exit.
Emre Can’s contract expires in the coming weeks and it looks more and more likely that he will join Juventus.
The German hasn’t played since mid-March after complaining of a back injury and it doesn’t look as though he will be fit for the final in Kiev.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s long-term injury, Klopp could really do with Can against Real Madrid.
EMRE CAN IS SET TO LEAVE LIVERPOOL
Instead, it looks as though it will be a midfield trio of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum playing in the final as Can looks set to leave the club on a free transfer.
Liverpool fans don’t seem to care too much about Can’s impending departure, especially considering they’ve reached the Champions League final without him.
But Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville thinks the whole club should be a little bit more worried than they currently are.
During co-commentary, Neville was speaking about whether he thinks Liverpool can challenge for the Premier League title next season, while Martin Tyler pointed out about the arrival of Naby Keita.
But Neville wanted to talk about the loss of Can, rather than the signing of Keita.
“I don’t think enough has been made about it,” Neville said of Can leaving. “I’m a big, big fan of Can, I think he’s a good player and he’ll only get better.”
Neville is right about Can, you know.
At the age of 24, Can has the ability to become a really special player. He’s already shown his ability at the highest level and has the potential to become even better.
Not much is being made of his departure on a free transfer what with the distraction of a Champions League final but there’s no doubt Liverpool are losing a very good player for absolutely nothing.