Liverpool have confirmed via the official website that Emre Can and Jon Flanagan will both be leaving the club when their contracts expire at the end of the month.
The club did their best to convince the German midfielder to sign a new deal. Despite the arrival of Fabinho, Naby Keita and most likely Nabil Fekir, Can would have been a valuable squad member still. However, as reported by Paul Joyce some months back, a deal couldn’t be agreed due to Liverpool’s flat refusal to include a buyout clause which Can was adamant about.
After all, it seems Emre didn’t fancy being surrounded by top players and wouldn’t risk going further down the pecking order at Liverpool without guarantees of a possible exit, should he wish to leave in the near future. He’ll probably be plying his trade at Juventus next season, and let’s wish him good luck.
Jon Flanagan was an unlikely hero of that infamous 2013/14 title run, starting the campaign on the right but playing most of it on the left. Heavy injuries thwarted his further progress and upon return he was loaned out to Burnley, where he couldn’t get regular game-time either.
After the incident which got him in hot water with the law, the club and the fans, there was no possible way back for him. Let’s wish him good luck as well, hoping he has learnt his lesson.
Apart from the first-team duo, youth players Toni Gomes, Paulo Alves, Mich’el Parker, Jordan Williams, Anthony Glennon, Jordan Hunter and Harvey Whyte are also being released. Meanwhile, Yan Dhanda has agreed to sign for Swansea on a free transfer.