Germany international Emre Can has said that he is grateful to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has transformed him into a regular for club and country. The 24-year-old had struggled to win over the fans during his initial years at Anfield, but the confidence placed on him by Klopp has done wonders to improve his overall game.
Speaking in an interview with German television show Sport 1, Can explained that he has no regrets of leaving Bayern Munich as a youngster, and admits he has developed a lot under the guidance of Klopp, he said: “Why did I leave Bayern? I was very young and I needed to play. I spoke frankly with Guardiola and he explained that he could not guarantee continuity, which is why I chose Leverkusen. At Liverpool, I’ve developed a lot under Jurgen Klopp. I am very grateful to him, and it is a lot of fun to work with him. I want to become a world-class player. Maybe once in the world selection. That would be great.”
Despite his comments, Can’s future at Anfield remains in question beyond the summer after having turned down a new long-term deal with the Merseyside outfit. The Reds have declined to double his current wages, and he appears to be leaning towards a free transfer with Juventus seemingly leading the pursuit of his signature.
Juventus directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici have already confirmed the approach made to Can’s agent, but the midfielder is likely to delay his decision until the summer, where he stands the chance of receiving offers from other clubs. Prior to that, Can’s focus is on helping Liverpool finish in the runner-up spot of the Premier League whilst contesting for the Champions League crown, which could end the club’s six-year wait for a trophy.