Tuesday 12 December 2017

Can's role delays new Reds deal

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says his delay in signing a new Anfield contract has nothing to do with wage demands. Photo: REUTERS
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says his delay in signing a new Anfield contract has nothing to do with wage demands. Photo: REUTERS

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says his delay in signing a new Anfield contract has nothing to do with wage demands.

Jurgen Klopp wants the 23-year-old to commit for at least another four years. Can's deal runs out in 2018 but despite ongoing negotiations, the German is biding his time.

He has hinted that the cause of the impasse is his role in the side, as he wants to play in a deeper position.

"I read it was about money but it isn't," said Can. "It is never about the money. I am happy at Liverpool. It is about the future."

Can is honest about his performance. Despite his match-winning goal against Burnley on Sunday he said: "I know I could do much better. I've had a few problems, calf problems, but I kept going and I played.

"I've had calf problems for many years and it has been very difficult because I've played out of position, which means more sprints. I play in a different position now and I don't sprint too much."

Defender Dejan Lovren was last night included in the U-23 side facing Chelsea as he seeks to prove his fitness ahead of the trip to Manchester City this weekend. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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