Liverpool have opened new contract talks with midfielder Emre Can after an impressive season at Anfield, according to reports.
Can has been one of the notable positives in a mixed season for Liverpool, with the German midfielder featuring 49 times across all competitions – more than all but three players.
The 22-year-old, signed by the Reds for around £10million from Bayer Leverkusen in summer 2014, is contracted to the club until 2018 on his current terms, but manager Jurgen Klopp wants to reflect his compatriot’s performances with an improved deal.
‘The club have offered the former Bayern Munich player extended and improved terms that reward his form and responsibility within Klopp’s team,’ writes Andy Hunter in The Guardian.
‘He could sign the new deal before the start of next season. Liverpool are hopeful of a quick resolution to negotiations with the player’s representatives.’
Can is currently with the German national team in France ahead of the European Championship, having made Joachim Low’s 23-man squad.
Neil Jones of the Liverpool Echo adds that the club will still pursue another central midfielder in the transfer market, but that Can is seen as crucial to the future at Anfield.
‘Liverpool are keen to strengthen that area in the summer, with Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud a target, but Can is seen as an integral part of their plans going forward,’ Jones writes.