Jurgen Klopp update on Emre Can’s future and chances of playing in Champions League final

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has today discussed both Emre Can’s future at Anfield, and the possibility of the midfielder taking

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has today discussed both Emre Can’s future at Anfield, and the possibility of the midfielder taking part in this weekend’s Champions League final.

Reds’ mainstay

Can, a 24-year-old German international, has been on the books at Anfield since 2014, when he joined from Bayer Leverkusen.

However, his contract with Liverpool is due to expire this summer, and there has so far been little to no progress made towards a new deal.

Bianconeri pursuit

It has long been known that Italian champions Juventus are keen to take Can to Turin, with the Bianconeri having publicly confirmed their interest on numerous occasions.

Fellow suitors

Along with Juve, all of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have been rumoured to maintain an interest in the services of Can, though the Old Lady have always been viewed as holding a clear lead in the race for his signature.

‘Have to accept it’

Speaking in an interview with DAZN in January, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did little to dampen rumours that his side’s midfield powerhouse looks set for a summer departure from the club, with the German tactician having explained:

‘He’ll stay beyond the winter. Emre is still a young lad but he has developed into a great player and is very important for us.’

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 23: Emre Can of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs round second leg match between Liverpool FC and 1899 Hoffenheim at Anfield on August 23, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Bongarts/Getty Images)

‘Sometimes a player just wants to sit out his contract. That’s not cool for the club, but there are moments in which you have to accept it.’

‘And as long as the player behaves like Emre does, then I have absolutely nothing to complain about. He gives everything he has and identifies with the club.’

Imminent

In addition, an update from Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta last week seemed to confirm that the Serie A champions have taken significant stops forward in their pursuit of Can over the last couple of weeks, with the Italian having admitted for the first time that the Old Lady are now ‘confident’ in their chances of securing the German’s signature.

‘No idea’

As such, with media outlets in both England and Italy now in agreement that Can is indeed all set for a move to Turin, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was unsurprisingly questioned on the subject once again during a press conference earlier today:

‘No clue’, Klopp revealed. ‘It’s not important at the moment, to be honest.’

‘At this moment he is 100 per cent here. That’s the only thing I’m interested in.’

‘I really have no idea, but that’s not important to me at the moment.’

‘Really positive’

Additionally, the Liverpool boss was also questioned on whether Can, who has spent the last two months on the sidelines with a back injury, had any chance of appearing in his side’s Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid on Saturday night, following surprise photos emerging earlier today of the German taking part in a training session with the rest of the Reds’ squad:

‘It depends on his reaction [to training].’

‘Ten days ago I didn’t think it was possible that he could do what he did today and that he could do what he did in Marbella.’

‘It looked good, really positive, but we have to wait again until tomorrow. The door is open. It’s really nice to have him back in the group. He is really desperate to be part of the game.’

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Reinforcements

The Reds are gearing up for the biggest fixture in their recent history this weekend, with Jurgen Klopp’s men set to travel to Kiev to take on holders Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday night.

However, plans are thought to already be very much underway with regards to next season at Liverpool, with a deal having long been completed for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, and Nabil Fekir’s move from Lyon to Anfield said to be close to completion.

Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp is also thought to be targeting additions in both the goalkeeping and central defensive departments, with the aforementioned report from the Independent this afternoon having shed some light on the rumoured defensive targets of the Merseyside outfit.

Targets

Miguel Delaney reports that Liverpool have set their sights on securing the signature of either Burnley stopper James Tarkowski or Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles.

Tarkowski came very much to prominence at Turf Moor this season, having been handed a consistent run of game-time by Sean Dyche following the departure of Michael Keane for Everton.

All in all, the powerful centre-half started 31 of Burnley’s 38 league fixtures, and was included in the Premier League Team of the Season of many experts.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – APRIL 22: James Tarkowski of Burnley arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Newcastle captain Lascelles, meanwhile, showed himself to be more than capable of making the jump up in quality from the Championship to the Premier League, having led the Magpies to promotion to the top-tier of English football in 2016-17.

The towering stopper was a near ever-present for Rafael Benitez’s men over the course of the recently-finished campaign, with his stellar performances having also seen him linked with a big-money move to Chelsea.

Competition

Miguel Delaney also adds, though, that neither player would be brought in at Liverpool to necessarily replace Dejan Lovren as Virgil Van Dijk’s central defensive partner, with Jurgen Klopp simply keen to add more quality depth to his squad.

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According to Sky Sports, Newcastle United boss, Rafa Benitez is keen to bring former Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres to

According to Sky Sports, Newcastle United boss, Rafa Benitez is keen to bring former Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres to the North East of England this summer.

Prolific goal scorer

Torres is now 34 years old and has enjoyed an illustrious career around Europe. The Spaniard started his footballing career at Atletico Madrid where he caught the eye of current Newcastle and ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

Torres signed to Liverpool in 2007 where he played 142 games, scoring 81 and assisting 20. This excellent goalscoring record earned Torres a big money move to fellow Premier League side Chelsea.

Torres’s goalscoring at Chelsea was not as prolific as it had been at Madrid and Liverpool. However, he still managed 45 goals and 35 assists at Chelsea, his most notable goal for the Blues probably being that goal vs Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final which sent Chelsea to the final and also sent Garry Neville into a frenzy.

The well renowned forward would then return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid where he was once again an important member of the squad before being released at the end of this season.

The right man for Newcastle?

Given that Torres has proven he can score goals both in the Premier League and La Liga, arguably the two best leagues in the world, Newcastle should jump at the chance to have Torres in their squad.

Especially when Newcastle are not exactly the best team in front of goal. While Newcastle certainly exceeded many people’s expectations last season by finishing 10th in the Premier League, their biggest problem was their lack of goals.

Newcastle managed just 39 goals in 38 league games last season. A poor record for a side who next season should be looking to fight for a Europa League space.

Furthermore, Newcastle’s main strikers Dwight Gayle and Joselu both had poor seasons in front of goal. Gayle netted just six times in the league. While Joselu netted just four times. This shows Newcastle are in desperate need of some firepower up top and Torres could well be the man for that job.

Rafa Benitez celebrates Newcastle win over Stoke

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Bet365 Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Likelihood?

In terms of Torres actually ending up a Newcastle player this summer, Rafa Benitez told MARCA.

“I think it will be harder for him to come, not because we don’t want to.

 “I don’t know what’s going on in his head, but maybe he is thinking about something else.

“It would be appealing, but I don’t think it would be easy.

“In Liverpool he was sensational. Then we went to Chelsea and, although he had a bad time when he arrived, he was essential for us in winning the Europa League.”

So it seems while Newcastle and Benitez would welcome Torres with open arms, the ball is currently in the Spaniard’s court.

Liverpool ready to open formal discussions for key target after Champions League final

Nabil Fekir to Liverpool? Liverpool are ready to open formal discussions with Lyon regarding the signing of Nabil Fekir once

Nabil Fekir to Liverpool?

Liverpool are ready to open formal discussions with Lyon regarding the signing of Nabil Fekir once the Champions League final in Kiev is finished.

The Reds have been eager to sign the Frenchman, who has been named in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the World Cup, for some time now and they believe he would be the ideal replacement for Philippe Coutinho who left Anfield in January.

Fekir has a terrific record in France this year where the 24 year old has 23 goals and 7 assists to his name.

L’equipe, France’s most influential and accurate football news site, have reported that Liverpool will begin their formal discussions after the Champions League final on Saturday whilst the Daily Mirror report that the deal is 99% complete.

Barcelona Coutinho

BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 25: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona substitutes his teammate Andres Iniesta and makes his debut with FC Barcelona during the Spanish Copa del Rey Quarter Final Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou stadium at Camp Nou on January 25, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Is Fekir the best Philippe Coutinho replacement?

There is no denying the fact that Philippe Coutinho is a brilliant player and a massive loss for Liverpool.

Regardless, Liverpool have coped remarkably well without the Brazilian and have even reached the Champions League final.

Liverpool have a phenomenal strike force and could potentially cope without signing a new playmaker but Fekir is just too good to turn down.

If Liverpool seal this deal and sign a new goalkeeper and centre back, they could really challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.

It can take some time for players to adjust to Premier League football as we have seen previously with Mohamed Salah at Chelsea.

But, if Fekir can continue the form that he has shown in France, he will be a fantastic signing for Liverpool.

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Ronaldo issues Hazard or Salah transfer demand to Real Madrid

Hazard Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t a man who would be easy to say no to, and the superstar has told Real

Hazard

Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t a man who would be easy to say no to, and the superstar has told Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and the Real Madrid board that he wants changes at the club this summer.

Ronaldo is worried the club are falling behind, and wants to add some star power to the line-up after finishing third in La Liga – and has told the club to opt for a Premier League hero instead of Robert Lewandowski.

That’s according to the Express, who claim that Eden Hazard and Mo Salah are on the player’s radar, and he thinks one of the duo would make a brilliant addition to the Champions League finalists.

Hazard looks like being the easier of the two to land currently, with Chelsea in limbo over a new manager and still with Antonio Conte, and the player himself waiting to see who comes in for him this summer and just what Chelsea do before he puts pen to paper on a new deal, meaning the timing could be ideal for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo

MUNICH, GERMANY – APRIL 25: Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos congratulate Marco Asensio of Real Madrid on scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Bayern Muenchen and Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on April 25, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Salah

Salah meanwhile looks like the one man who could take Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or crown from him – and it could well be the case that he joins the forward at Real Madrid – but a move this summer would be ambitious indeed, with Liverpool determined to keep their best player and of course trying to win the Premier League next season under Klopp – something they would find much, much harder without Salah in their side – not to mention the board not wanting to see another top player leave on the back of Philippe Coutinho going to Barcelona.

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Liverpool winning the Champions League would be good for the Premier League

Winners England manager Gareth Southgate has backed Liverpool to win the Champions League and claimed it would be huge for

Winners

England manager Gareth Southgate has backed Liverpool to win the Champions League and claimed it would be huge for the World Cup squad if the likes of Jordan Henderson went into the tournament with England as World Cup winners.

Liverpool of course take on Real Madrid in the final, and Southgate will be watching, hoping the players he’s picked to go to Russia with his squad do well and stay fit.

He was asked what Liverpool winning the Champions League would do for the Premier League and more specifically, the England squad, and Standard Sport report he said:  “I think it is big.

“We want our players to be playing in those big matches and the experience for the likes of Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana and Trent in the last few months of playing in those matches that matter.

“It was a the same for the Spurs boys and Man City boys – you want them in those big-match environments.

“You want them to experience winning things because then they know what it has taken, the commitment that is needed and the mindset that is needed and that hurdles can be overcome and they have gained belief from being in those performances.

“So I think it is a great thing for English football – Liverpool represent England in that final. I know that won’t be seen universally by all supporters but why would we want Real Madrid to win? I can’t understand any of the logic in that, really.”

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

 

World Cup

There has been some backlash for Southgate after he named the squad he wants to take to the World Cup, with the likes of Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere missing out and while they took to social media to give their best wishes to the squad, they also made it very clear they were unhappy at being left out and both admitted they felt they had plenty to give in terms of the World Cup.

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Jordan Henderson speaks about leaving Liverpool

Not leaving Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has claimed leaving the club was never on the cards, and that he has

Not leaving

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has claimed leaving the club was never on the cards, and that he has always been determined to stay and fight for his place, no matter who has criticised him in the past.

Henderson is now a fan favourite, but things haven’t always been so easy for the midfielder, and he noted that no matter how many times the media or some of the fans claimed he wasn’t good enough, he’s always had faith in himself, which is now something manager Jurgen Klopp is showing tenfold.

He explained to the Daily Mail that Brendan Rodgers told him of a good offer the club had received back in 2012: “Brendan called me in and said ‘Listen, this is the offer’ and he asked me what I thought.

“It implied to me that he would let me leave and it was up to me. I went back to my room. I shed a few tears. I ended up crying a little bit because it hurt so much. I had the game that night to think about it as well.

“I spoke to my agent and told him what had happened and I said I didn’t want to go. I wanted to stay and fight and try and improve and try to prove the manager wrong. My agent agreed. I spoke to my dad. He was gutted but he backed my decision to stay and fight.

“From that point, I just kept my head down. I knew I wouldn’t get as much game time as I wanted but I still had faith. I was young enough to get my head down, keep working hard, do my extra bits and prove them wrong and I feel I managed to do that by the time Brendan left.

“There are always those moments in football — and life in general — which can decide the path and the route you go down. For me it was never an option to leave.”

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speaks to Zeljko Buvac, Liverpool assistant manager prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Final

Now, Henderson will be playing for Liverpool in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, and has the chance to write himself into club history – and is someone who the fans and manager want to be playing for the full 90 minutes – and possibly through extra time, and who people were waiting on fitness news for with baited breath earlier in the season when it seemed as though he might not make it after an injury.

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Experience Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed his side might not be the favourites to win the Champions League when

Experience

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed his side might not be the favourites to win the Champions League when they meet Real Madrid in Kiev, but they’re far from the underdogs – and he thinks they may even have an advantage as they want the trophy more, given Real Madrid have the same players who’ve won it for the past two seasons.

Goal claim he said: “Yes [Madrid] are favourites, they know everything, they can write their own scripts because they have [now] experienced it four times in the last five years.

“There have been three dominant clubs in the last few years, and we are facing one of them. I have no problem with the situation and I don’t feel like an underdog.

“Liverpool were absolutely not favourites in 2005 [against AC Milan], and that was before they went 3-0 down.

“To be honest, we like the role we are in. We like the situation and we are in a good moment. Real Madrid are a side of the highest quality going for three wins in three years, but we are Liverpool. That’s something not to forget.

“In the end it will be a test of whose desire is bigger. Real have almost exactly the same line-up from winning it before, and that’s really rare.

“They will want to do it again but we will try to stop them. In a final, thank God, everything is possible.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Salah

Klopp might admit Real Madrid are the favourites, but there’s no denying Liverpool are a frightening prospect when they attack – and if Mo Salah is on form, they may well be the side who end up winning the trophy, with Salah matching Ronaldo and Messi in terms of his performances this season.

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Liverpool cancel pre season friendly with Borussia Monchengladbach after transfer tapping scandal

Not a friendly relationship Liverpool have cancelled their pre-season friendly fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach as a result of the German

Not a friendly relationship

Liverpool have cancelled their pre-season friendly fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach as a result of the German club’s pursuit of young Rhian Brewster.

Brewster, an under 17 World Cup winner with England, is yet to make an appearance for the Liverpool first team despite scoring 6 goals this term for the under 23 side.

Brewster is yet to sign a professional contract at Anfield but is currently in the third year of his scholarship at the club. Under the scholarship rules, Brewster is unable to talk to other clubs.

However, Liverpool believe that Monchengladbach have been tapping up the teenager and have spoken to the player without permission.

Will Brewster leave?

VOLUNTARI, ROMANIA – OCTOBER 30: Rhian Brewster of England runs with the ball during the UEFA Under-17 EURO Qualifier between U17 Austria and U17 England on October 30, 2016 at Anghel Iordanescu stadium in Voluntari, Romania. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Getty Images)

Brewster always has his career in mind when making decisions such as not signing the professional contract at Liverpool.

The Under 17 World Cup golden boot winner will surely have followed the progress of Jadon Sancho and Ademola Lookman in Germany this season.

The Bundesliga offers a platform for younger players to perform and improve whereas they are unlikely to make appearances in the Premier League.

Considering the two clubs are not exactly on the best of terms, it may be becoming increasingly difficult for Brewster to move to the Bundesliga.

That said, Brewster has the freedom to move wherever he likes once his scholarship ends at Anfield and there will be no negotiations between the clubs for any potential move.

Liverpool will have to offer him a contract and substantial playing time if he is to even consider staying in England.

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Juventus chief all but confirms Emre Can arrival from Liverpool

Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has this afternoon issued an update on the Bianconeri’s pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can. Reds’

Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has this afternoon issued an update on the Bianconeri’s pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

Reds’ mainstay

Can, a 24-year-old German international, has been on the books at Anfield since 2014, when he joined from Bayer Leverkusen.

However, his contract with Liverpool is due to expire this summer, and there has so far been little to no progress made towards a new deal.

Bianconeri pursuit

It has long been known that Italian champions Juventus are keen to take Can to Turin, with the Bianconeri having publicly confirmed their interest on numerous occasions.

Fellow suitors

Along with Juve, all of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have been rumoured to maintain an interest in the services of Can, though the Old Lady have always been viewed as holding a clear lead in the race for his signature.

‘Have to accept it’

Speaking in an interview with DAZN in January, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did little to dampen rumours that his side’s midfield powerhouse looks set for a summer departure from the club, with the German tactician having explained:

‘He’ll stay beyond the winter. Emre is still a young lad but he has developed into a great player and is very important for us.’

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 23: Emre Can of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs round second leg match between Liverpool FC and 1899 Hoffenheim at Anfield on August 23, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Bongarts/Getty Images)

‘Sometimes a player just wants to sit out his contract. That’s not cool for the club, but there are moments in which you have to accept it.’

‘And as long as the player behaves like Emre does, then I have absolutely nothing to complain about. He gives everything he has and identifies with the club.’

‘Asking myself’

Subsequent reports stemming from Italy over the last couple of months suggested that Juventus had given Can an ultimatum to give the club his word regarding joining in the summer, but an announcement had hitherto not been forthcoming.

Speaking in an interview with Mediaset Premium last month, Bianconeri CEO Beppe Marotta was asked for an update on the saga as a whole, with the Italian having explained:

‘I am asking myself what the situation is too.’

‘We want the soap opera to conclude in around 10 days. The player is right to evaluate all opportunities, so we’ll wait and see what he wants to do.’

Imminent

However, as per a further update from Marotta this afternoon, Juve look to have taken major strides forward in their pursuit of Can over the last couple of weeks, with the Italian having admitted for the first time that the Old Lady are now ‘confident’ in their chances of securing the German’s signature:

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