‘We like him as a person and a player’ – Klopp on star’s new deal

Date published: Friday 17th March 2017 1:43

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted at a new deal for midfielder Emre Can, while the Reds boss insists he is more than happy with Philippe Coutinho’s form.

Can is out of contract next summer and the Germany international is reportedly asking for an improvement on his £50,000-a-week pay packet.

The 23-year-old has hardly shown his best form in the place of injured skipper Jordan Henderson, however, although he did score the winner against Burnley last weekend.

When asked about Can’s future at his press conference for Sunday’s clash with Manchester City, Klopp said: “It makes no sense to talk about it. Emre likes to be here, we are in talks.

“We like him as a person and a player.”

One Liverpool star who very much has a big future at Anfield is Coutinho, and Klopp has spoken about the playmaker’s form since he returned to the side after a spell out.

“His training week this week has been perfect. He looks well and confident.

“He’s in a really good way.”

The Reds will go into the game at the Etihad Stadium with Henderson and Daniel Sturridge still on the sidelines, while Divock Origi is doubtful.

Regarding team news, Klopp added: “Hendo no chance, Sturridge no chance, Firmino didn’t train with team so far, but should either today or tomorrow.”

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