Recently, Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that Emre Can has decided to leave Liverpool and join Juventus at the end of the season. For supporters, such reports have become a reoccurring event ever since Can decided to shelve contract renewal talks. With sources indicating that Juventus has offered Can a salary of €6m a season, it’s fair to say that Can already has one foot out of the exit door.
With confirmation of his departure likely to be after the Champions League final, the question now would be if Liverpool could afford to lose him as a player. As a player, Can is certainly a decisive figure among the fan base. Some deem him to be too inconsistent, and can’t be relied in the long run. Others feel that he is of vital importance to the team, and Liverpool should do everything in their power to persuade him to stay.
With such split opinions, let us take a look at what Can has to offer and should Liverpool give in to his demands.
Potential World Beater
At just 24 years of age, Can has all the qualities and potential to be a world-class midfielder. Able to make tackles and having an eye for key passes, Can is able to perform well in Liverpool’s midfield. On his day, he’s a force to be reckoned with where he would simply boss the midfield. The sight of him making surging runs up the pitch as well as tracking back to make tackles embodies Klopp’s geggenpressing philosophy. Such displays were on full show against Manchester City back in January, where he played a crucial role in the Reds victory.
Besides adding steel to the midfield, Can has displayed a greater eye for goal and has become more of an attacking threat this season. His 4 goals and 4 assists this season is already his greatest return in a Liverpool shirt by date.
With his prime years yet to come, there is a sense that Can could become a special player. Under Klopp’s guidance, there is every hope that the Germany international could develop further.
A Good Enough Player?
As all developing players do, Can suffers from bouts of inconsistency. Certain games like the one against Manchester United in March saw Can being a bystander. To be a nailed on starter, one would have to perform week in, week out. There cannot be any passengers in Klopp’s team and everyone has to be performing in tandem. Because of that, many fans would argue that Can’s departure would provide an opportune time for an upgrade.
Besides his lack of consistency, others will point out that Liverpool don’t need him altogether. Since his last appearance against Watford, where he was subbed off for a back injury, the Reds have been unbeaten, winning 5 and drawing a further 3 games.
With Liverpool producing sensational performances against Manchester City and Roma in Can’s absence, there is a strong case of Can not being needed.
Can Liverpool Afford To Lose Can?
As mentioned earlier, there are the pros and cons of persuading Can to stay. To lose such a promising player on a free after 4 years of development would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow. However, that’s not to say Liverpool absolutely needs him. After all, we’ve moved on after they sales of more crucial players like Alonso, Torres and Suarez. Hence, it isn’t all doom and gloom should Can choose to leave Anfield.
With Keita inbound and Liverpool being linked to the likes of Meyer and Neves, one could argue that Liverpool’s midfield would get stronger in the wake of Can’s expected departure. Ultimately, the club shouldn’t be held ransom by a player’s demands for no player is bigger than the club. Liverpool obviously don’t want to include a release clause and that’s completely understandable.
It has been a good 4 years but it seems Can’s union with Liverpool won’t last longer. Addio Can, thanks for the memories.