Emre Can still hasn’t come back to training. He had a scan on his back issue on Monday, but according to the Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe, the results are inconclusive and the midfielder is not yet ready to resume training at Melwood.
Can’s contract is set to expire very soon and there have been plenty of speculating reports of various sorts regarding his future, from a personal deal with Juventus already being agreed to him taking a U-turn and wanting to talk about extending his Anfield stay. The fact remains – the more time passes without news on that front the likelier his departure from the club this summer is.
As if the contract stand-off alone wasn’t enough, Can has been struggling with a back injury for a while now, and though at first it seemed he had caught the “Coutinho-back virus” ahead of leaving the club, now it looks as if the problem is real.
There have been hopes (yes, hopes) that the German would make it in time to take part as the Reds embark on their final adventure of the season in Kiev, but now it seems that might not be the case. The player-club issues and the question of whether he deserves to play in the Champions League final aside, there is no doubt that having him fit and ready to play would be a significant boost with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain definitely out and Adam Lallana under a huge question-mark. Manager Jurgen Klopp has so far been very dependent on Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, with Trent Alexander-Arnold standing in now and again.