Klopp gives update on Can’s future; Lallana, Gomez injuries

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said there had been no developments in the saga over Emre Can’s future.

The Germany midfielder is currently sidelined through injury, but his contract expires next month and so far, he has not managed to agree a new deal at Anfield.

It has been reported that the 26-year-old is keen on a release clause in any prospective new deal, but the club are not understood to be willing to include it.

The 24-year-old, who is believed to have held talks with Juventus, is expected to leave at the end of the season and he may well have played his last game for the club with the back problem making him a doubt for the Champions League final on May 26.

Asked for an update on Can, Klopp told today’s press conference: There is nothing new on injury or contract.

“He is still having treatment, that is it. You would have known if he had agreed anything. It is like it was before.”

On recovering midfielder Adam Lallana, Klopp suggested he may get some game time at Anfield on Sunday against Brighton if the Reds can get the job done early.

“Adam has trained for a week. Yesterday he trained normal,” added Klopp.

“He looks OK. The perfect thing would be to give him minutes and we would see if we can.

“He is as fit as possible. There is nothing new with anyone else.”

Joe Gomez remains sidelined and will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his ankle initially playing for England in March. He suffered a recurrence of the problem against Stoke last month and played on through the pain – a decision Klopp says was ultimately not a smart one.

“He sacrificed himself in the Stoke game. It wasn’t his best game. Afterwards, the explanation came pretty soon.

“The injury came early but he carried on. It wasn’t the smartest decision in his life but it was a brave one.

“Now he is out for the rest of the season, it is hard for us and him. He is doing his rehab and he can count the days to come back.

“But it won’t be in time for the World Cup.”


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