Tuesday 23 January 2018

Klopp not concerned about talks over Can's new deal

Emre Can Picture: Reuters
Emre Can Picture: Reuters

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is feeling "quite positive" with regard to Emre Can's contract despite talks still rumbling on.

The Germany international's current deal runs out in 2018 and he insisted in March the impasse was not about money.

However, having seen the likes of Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho, Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana all sign new contracts since the turn of the year, there was a growing sense of discomfort among supporters that Can's situation could turn into a saga.

However, Klopp appears to have no doubts about the future of the 23-year-old, whose brilliant overhead kick beat Watford on Monday night.

"He's watched it on the iPad about 250 times," joked Klopp when asked about the midfielder's improvement.

"The goal was so important and so deserved. He is a hard-working boy, it was never any different. He always had a fantastic attitude which is what I liked most. After his bicycle kick probably everyone wants him to stay. I think it is no secret how much I like Emre. He likes the club and that is a completely normal situation.

"We are in talks and there is absolutely no pressure, it is all good.

"It is two partners with big respect for each other. If we can keep good players that makes sense for development and he is one of these good players.

"I am quite positive."

Despite Can's goal of the season contender, Klopp admits there are areas the player needs to work on.

"The plan is to make a more simple goal in the next game. If you can do this it would make sense," he added.

"Against Crystal Palace he had a chance with one of the best offensive moves we had and he hit the ball with his heel - that's football.

"We have spoken about his calf issues and they are hopefully finally sorted so that helps him."

Klopp believes footballers deserve the right to tackle their personal health issues away from the public glare.

Everton winger Aaron Lennon has been in the headlines all week after he was detained under the Mental Health Act on Sunday, with his club saying he was suffering from a stress-related illness.

Klopp does not believe it is fair to an individual sportsman to have their medical problems openly debated.

"Whatever I could say about it doesn't help, it is only another headline," said Klopp.

"What I really think is (that we should) keep all these kind of issues as private as possible. Give the people the privacy they need - stop talking about it, stop asking about it."

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