Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side produce a fine run of form prior to the current two-week break for internationals.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with struggling West Ham last time out off the back of victories over Huddersfield Town and Maribor, and first half strikes from Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip set them on their way to another three points at the London Stadium. And although Manuel Lanzini got one back for the hosts ten minutes into the second period, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made it 3-1 almost immediately before Salah bagged a fourth late on to seal a comprehensive win for the Merseysiders, which in turn moved them up to fifth in the Premier League table.
Thus, several of our resident Liverpudlians have been in fine voice in the Tavern this week, but they are unlikely to be too chirpy with recent reports from Italy (via The Daily Star), which reports that Reds midfielder Emre Can looks set to leave Anfield next summer at the expiration of his contract to link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The 23-year-old made the move to Liverpool back in 2014 after impressing at Bayer Leverkusen, and he has since become an increasingly important member of Klopp’s squad having appeared 32 times in the Premier League last season, in which he netted five goals to help the Reds finish fourth in the table.
And with 15 appearances already this time round, the Germany international is clearly a key part of Klopp’s plans at Anfield, so the fact that his current contract is set to expire in the summer is unlikely to delight the Liverpool boss.
And with time ticking away towards the end of the season, and it appearing increasingly unlikely that the 23-year-old will pen a new deal, it’s not looking promising for Klopp and Liverpool in their quest to keep the influential midfielder.
Landlord’s verdict: Emre Can didn’t make a particularly quick start to life at Liverpool, but he has certainly proven his worth to manager Jurgen Klopp in the last 12 months or so.
His five goals in 32 Premier League games last term helped the Reds secure a fourth place finish and thus return to the Champions League, which he also made an impact end earlier this term with two goals in their 6-3 aggregate success over Hoffenheim in the play-off round.
Yet the German’s future at Anfield is far from certain as he has yet to sign a new contract, and it appears that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are very much in the running to land Can on a free next summer.
And were to do so, not only would they be strengthening their own ranks, but they’d be seriously hindering a possible title rival ahead of next season.
Liverpool and Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!