In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp has had his say on Emre Can leaving Liverpool on a free for Juventus this summer.
‘The only problem I had for the club was that I wanted to get some money’
Klopp told the Liverpool Echo,
“We always had and still have a good relationship,”
“I have no problem with a player leaving. The only problem I had for the club was that I wanted to get some money: ‘Sign a new contract and then we’ll sell you!’ But that wasn’t really realistic.
“There was never a problem between Emre and I.
“Emre is 24 now. Playing in another country can be a life target: ‘I’ve spent four years in England, now I want to go somewhere else.’
“Why not? He’s a top player and he’s gone to a top club, it’s all good.
“We knew early enough that it was pretty likely he would leave and we were able to plan,”
“There was nothing to say about it during the season. If I had said to people in March ‘Yes, he will leave 100%’ then immediately people would have thought he wouldn’t give his all anymore.
“I knew Emre would give everything. He was desperate to play in the last few games. It was only possible in the last one but not in the best shape because of the injury.
“Now he’s in Turin, we’re here and it’s all good.”
So, it seems while Klopp bares no ill will towards the German, he would have liked him to sign a new deal so Liverpool could have sold him for money rather than for free.
Emre Can began his career in Germany with FC Bayern Munich. He made over 50 appearances for their youth sides, in which he scored five.
Can also played 31 games for Bayern’s second team, scoring three and assisting two in that time.
However, the German only managed seven appearances for Bayern’s first team for being sold to Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 for a fee of around £4.5m.
Can spent one season at Leverkusen playing 39, scoring four and assisting two before signing for Liverpool for a fee of around £10m.
The 24-year-old played 167 games for Liverpool, in which he scored 14 and assisting 12.