On the back of just one win in the club’s last six games and many players under performing on the pitch, now isn’t the best time for reports of a contract standoff.
News has broken that 23 year old German midfielder Emre Can is stalling over a new deal as he believes he’s worth more than Liverpool are offering. Furthermore James Pearce has described the midfielder’s future as now “up in the air” whilst discussions inevitably begin to circulate about his future following a poor run of form for the club.
Earlier this month Emre Can was strongly linked with a move to Juventus which seemed somewhat out of the blue, however reports like these now appear to hold some relevance given the current situation. Emre Can will undoubtedly be linked elsewhere as this saga continues whilst it’s also worth noting that the German has just 18 months left on his current deal.
The positive news that fans will rejoice however is that Philippe Coutinho has committed his future in signing a long term contract at the club. It is reported that although this includes a pay rise Liverpool will not compromise on a release clause which would permit the Brazilian being snatched by a big club. This gives Liverpool full control and a very strong position on a player who will undoubtedly attract interest from top clubs in the near future. It is also rumoured that this includes a clause preventing him from moving to another English club, however this is merely speculative at this point.
Meanwhile Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are set to be offered new contracts at the club which comes as chalk and cheese news to fans given the vastly contrasting form of the two players this season. This also accompanies the reality that any incomings this transfer window are highly unlikely whilst fan favourite Mamadou Sakho is the next on the list to be offloaded.
Although this news wont come as an excitement to fans, it is clear that Jurgen Klopp is thinking in the long term – something the club has cried out for in recent times.