Jurgen Klopp sends message to Liverpool fans about 23-year-old midfielder

The Liverpool boss is optimistic that Emre Can will commit his long-term future to the Merseyside outfit

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Jurgen Klopp is optimistic that Emre Can will sign a new long-term contract with Liverpool.

The Reds have been holding talks with the Germany international about a new deal amid reported interest from Serie A giants Juventus.

Can has less than 12 months remaining on his current Liverpool contract which throws up the possibility of the midfielder being available on a free transfer next summer.

The 23-year-old was a key part of Klopp’s side in the second half of the season as the Merseyside outfit managed to beat rivals Arsenal to fourth spot and a place in the Champions League next season.

Can, who was signed under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, scored five goals and made two assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League last season.

And Liverpool boss Klopp is optimistic that Can will commit his future to the Merseyside outfit with the start of the 2017-18 campaign looming on the horizon.

“You can imagine we’re involved in talks and we all feel good and confident in this moment,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.

“That means they’re not the worst talks but until anything is done or signed there’s nothing to say.

“Emre is a very important player for us. We don’t want to sell or lose players who are in our first line-up or close to it.

“Emre is certainly one of them. We want to keep him and we’re having good talks.”

Can moved to Liverpool in an £8.75m deal from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in 2014.

The versatile German midfielder has scored eight times in 129 appearances in all competitions during his three-season stay at Anfield.

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