Jürgen Klopp today offered an update on the contract situation of Emre Can.
The Liverpool manager was asked about the midfielder's future during his press conference to preview Saturday's Premier League visit to West Ham United.
Klopp said: “There is nothing new, no new news, I would say. That’s how it is. I’ve said it a few times and it’s no problem to repeat it, I will say it again - it’s our job to make this club as exciting as possible, so that’s how it is. To sign a contract, he’s also allowed to sign a contract in May, even with a player who is already here.
“So I have no problem with that, I said it a lot of times, as long as Emre doesn’t give me one sign that his mind is somewhere else, I don’t have to talk about this. That’s a normal thing in football, so everything is OK from my side, but nothing new.”
When quizzed on whether he was 'concerned' about Can being able to discuss a move away from Anfield in January, the boss replied: “No. That’s then part of football as well. If it happens like this, we cannot change it.
“We try, if there’s a player out there with ending contract next summer and he’s good, what Emre obviously is, then we should try to do the same, so that’s an opportunity for all of us.
“It’s only one specific case. So what could I do now, I could now say, what it isn’t, ‘it’s a big problem we have to sort this now’. Put pressure on the player, put pressure on the club, [say] ‘people are not concerned anymore’ then they are angry?
“That makes absolutely no sense. We have to respect even an ending contact, it is like it is. There are two sides that could’ve done it differently, the club and the player, and now we have talked already too much about it. It’s just a normal situation.”