Should Liverpool stick or twist with Emre Can?

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The German powerhouse has failed to live up to expectations and been ineffective, writes Sam May.

Many Liverpool fans would moan if you mentioned the words ‘Emre Can’, but the 23-year-olds confidence has been hit, as this has been evident in his poor performances. Jürgen Klopp has kept faith with the midfielder, despite murmurings from the fans that the player should be dropped. The 49-year-old Kop boss has remained loyal and backed the under fire German.

After swapping the BayArena for Anfield in 2014 for £9.75 million, some fans were even quoted saying he is future captain material, he is far from it. Can holds the ball for a large amount of time and chooses the easy option of passing it side ways and backwards, instead of playing through balls or breaking down opposing defences. Making poor decisions consistently, this is something that is unacceptable as a Reds midfield maestro.

Perhaps a move into central defence could help Can re-capture his form. He was used in a number of positions during Euro 2016 for Germany, so the Reds should consider a positing alteration.

“He (Can) is a player who can be used in a lot of different positions,” Germany manager Joachim Löw said during Euro 2016. “In training, he has been very convincing. Physically he is very strong and skilled. I think that a player like Can would do our game a lot of good.”

A new contract of £100,000 a week is what the player and his representatives are holding out for, with further talks set to take place soon. He will enter his final year of his contact this summer, and has attracted interest from around Europe.

Liverpool should consider offloading Can and bring in either Naby Keïta, 22, who has shone and been a driving force in the Red Bull Leipzig midfield this season. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 21-year-old Mahmoud Dahoud would be another alternative for the Reds.

Juventus, Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen are keen on Can’s services, and if the right money is brought to the table, the Reds should cash in.

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