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Wednesday 15 August 2018

All good with Klopp and Can

DEPARTURE: Emre Can.
DEPARTURE: Emre Can.

Emre Can has hailed his former Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as he lifted the lid on what the Reds boss said to him when he revealed he was quitting Anfield.

The Germany international denied Liverpool a sizeable transfer fee for his services by playing out the final season of his four-year contract before joining Italian champions Juventus on a Bosman-style free transfer this summer.

However, despite his compatriot's determination not to sign a new deal and walk away from the club, it seems that Klopp did not harbour a grudge against the midfielder.

Can admits that he remains extremely grateful for the way in which he was treated.

He told BBC Sport: "Not a lot of managers would let you play so many times when you are in the final year of your contract.

"My relationship with Klopp was always good. He wished me all the best when I told him I was leaving.

"But I always did my best. I always wanted to help the team.

"That is what he saw. That is why he kept faith with me."

Can might have turned his back on a team that has added Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri, Alisson and Fabinho (arguably his replacement) to a side that reached this year's Champions League final, but having joined Italy's top club for the past seven seasons, he now has the added bonus of playing alongside another new recruit - Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined from Real Madrid.

He added: "It is amazing to play with such a big player, maybe the best player in the world.

"You only have to see what he did in the last few years and how many goals he scored."

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