Liverpool supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team end Manchester City’s stunning unbeaten start to the Premier League season courtesy of a 4-3 victory over the table-toppers at Anfield on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were on a fine run of form of their own prior to their clash with the runaway leaders, having remained unbeaten in their preceding 17 games in all competitions prior to Sunday. And the Reds made it 18 without defeat as goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah clinched the three points for the Merseyside giants, who in turn moved above champions Chelsea into third place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their club could go on to achieve under Klopp, both this season and in the years to come.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Reds fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Leon Goretzka has agreed to join Bayern Munich, and as such could play a key part in deciding the future of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.
And with the 23-year-old reportedly holding out for a move back to Bayern, yet the German club ‘unlikely’ to add another midfielder to their ranks, the Reds simply must take advantage of these recent developments and agree a new deal with the Germany international.
Ultimately, Can has improved significantly as a player since Klopp’s appointment as manager back in 2015, with the 23-year-old growing into the midfield role brilliantly under his compatriot, as opposed to being exposed at centre-back under former boss Brendan Rodgers.
And while there is still much improvement to come from the German, there’s little doubting that he makes Klopp’s best eleven more often than not, and his display in their 4-3 win over Manchester City last weekend underlined the sort of midfielder he currently is, and exactly how good he could become.
There is no coincidence that both City and Juventus, two huge European clubs who harbour ambitions of Champions League glory, are interested in Can’s services – that itself is a barometer of the player Liverpool have in their ranks, and how much they must seek to keep him.
At just 23 years of age, the Germany international has a huge future ahead of him, based on what we’ve seen so far in his career, and there’s no reason why he can’t command the centre of Liverpool’s midfield for many years to come, and perhaps take them to greater heights in the future.
Losing Philippe Coutinho earlier this month was obviously a loss to Klopp and the midfield ranks, and while Naby Keita is joining the club in the summer, there’s no guarantee that he will hit the ground running, much in the same way Can didn’t in his first 12 months in England.
And this latest development with Goretzka, a player Liverpool themselves were keen on, makes it even more integral that they keep Can at the club, while the player himself would reportedly be keen on doing so given that a return to Bayern now seems unlikely.
Yes, there are still things the 23-year-old can improve, consistency being a key one, but look at how far he has already come under Klopp, and how much further he could go in the coming years – Liverpool must want that development to happen at Anfield.
As such, with Goretzka going to Bayern, the Reds must take advantage and agree a new deal with the £22.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) to keep him at Anfield for the long term.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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