Emre Can’s contract situation seems to be going out of the hands of Liverpool as the German is yet to finalise a new deal. The former Bayer Leverkusen man will be a free agent come the start of next season but he is allowed to negotiate with other clubs in January and Juventus seems his most likely destination.
The German had been linked with a move away from Liverpool since the start of last season and even after putting up a number of contracts for him to sign, he seems destined to play elsewhere next season. Even though nothing has been confirmed, Oliver Bierhoff, a legend in Germany is convinced that Can will be playing his football somewhere else.
The former striker works with Joachim Low in the German national team and was speaking about the futures of two players with contract issues – Emre Can, and Leon Goretzka of Schalke.
Bierhoff was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying:
“In this time England is the top spot for those players and after the Premier there is also the Spanish league as an option. For sure both Emre Can and Goretzka could be successful in Serie A.
“However, unless Inter Milan returns to the top of Italy, if one of these players had to choose Italy, he would only do it for Juventus.
“For Goretzka there is not much of a chance, perhaps not even 20%. Emre Can, I think he has a lot more, I would say 60-80%.”
Can leaving us would not be as big a kick in the teeth, as it is not difficult to find a quality replacement for him. It does seem like Goretzka is the man who could do a job at Anfield. The Schalke man would also be available on a free at the end of next season and maybe Klopp can work his magic and sign him up, similar to what he did with Joel Matip a couple of seasons ago.
Juventus and Barcelona have been linked with Goretzka but he would be a great option for us and can fill the hole that Can would leave behind. Can isn’t going to remain at Anfield next season, no matter what comes out from the press and it is only a matter of time before finalises his move away from Liverpool.
We have a month now to find someone who can do a similar job to Can but there is Naby Keita coming in next season, so that would not be the worst swap in the world.
Only time will tell if we would actually miss Emre Can when he leaves but for now, he is still a Liverpool player and if he can help us to some sort of silverware this season, we would not mind him moving away all that much, would we?
Liverpool star fails to hide frustration despite celebrating PSG winner
Mohamed Salah didn’t score in Liverpool’s thrilling 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain. Instead, he almost cost us the game.
The former Roma attacker gave the ball away as PSG scored their equalizer in the 83rd minute. However, Roberto Firmino saved us with an incredible goal in stoppage time.
A video surfaced of Salah throwing a bottle after Firmino’s goal. Although the Egyptian celebrated the winner, he was seen flinging a bottle away.
Don’t listen to all the shit about Salah not celebrating Bobby’s goal. Look at him throwing his arms in the air.
Still not himself though is he? What do you think is wrong with him and his performances? pic.twitter.com/ms5pocZLBz
— TheKopTimes (@TheKopTimes8) September 19, 2018
“I think Salah’s celebrating in his own way. His hands were up at the beginning of that. The first picture [shows] his hands were up [celebrating].”
Salah hasn’t been at his best since the start of the season and only has a couple of goals to his name. Sadio Mane has taken up the scoring mantle in his place and has five goals to his name while Firmino now has three.
The Egyptian might have felt relieved at the winner. However, the 25-year-old was responsible for Kylian Mbappe’s goal and his muted celebration could be ominous for the opposition in the coming weeks.
Salah has been taking shots and finding the open spaces but things aren’t going well for him. There is no doubt that once he starts scoring regularly, there will be no stopping him. All he needs is a bit of luck this season.
“Who did the Pirate better?” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after Klopp copies celebration post PSG win
Roberto Firmino scored the winning goal in an enthralling encounter against Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool led 2-0 but were pegged back to 2-2 in the 83rd minute.
The Brazilian didn’t start the game but produced the telling moment in the 91st minute. Anfield went wild after the game and Firmino had another brilliant celebration in the spur of the moment.
The attacker covered his left eye after beating the PSG keeper. This could have been in reference to the eye injury he picked up against Tottenham last weekend.
Jan Vertonghen poked the Brazilian but it didn’t matter as we beat Tottenham and did the same to PSG too.
Firmino has had a number of celebrations in recent years such as “shooting the gun”, “kung-fu kicks” and taking his shirt off and getting yellow carded.
Jurgen Klopp also got into the act as he copied Firmino’s latest celebration during the post-match interviews and a number of fans reacted to the boss doing this bit.
Even Jurgen Klopp is copying Firmino’s celebration. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/QumDevIDpz
— Samue (@VintageSalah) September 18, 2018
Firmino Challenge… one everyone can do lol
— Little Miss Aden (@KadraAden) September 18, 2018
— Callum Wright (@CallumWright__) September 18, 2018
— Gob 🐲 (@Des_n_Troy) September 19, 2018
The Roberto Firmino challenge by Klopp 😀 pic.twitter.com/ptgcK7KqUo
— Pastor G M Mhlanga (@geraldpatience) September 19, 2018
— Samuel #WeAreLiverpool (@samsgyan) September 19, 2018
Who did the Pirate better?
— Bright Amponsah (@timbergh7) September 19, 2018
— Im Sardar (@_FILMBuFF_) September 18, 2018
(Video) Watch Sadio Mane completely destroy Neymar with filthy skill during Champions League clash
Liverpool’s match against Paris Saint-Germain was the pick of the clashes from the first round of Champions League fixtures and what a tie it was.
The Reds raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner. PSG weren’t giving up without a fight as Thomas Meunier pulled one back before half-time.
Kylian Mbappe scored in the 83rd minute but Roberto Firmino had the last laugh with the winner in the 91st minute.
The clash featured some of the best players in the world but there was one moment of brilliance from Sadio Mane.
The Senegal international couldn’t score in the game but he did destroy Neymar on the pitch. The incident happened in the first-half as Mane was attacking down the right and the Brazilian was trying to defend.
A move here, a drop of the shoulder there and poof, the Liverpool man burst into the box. Neymar was taken to the cleaners and it set the tone for the Brazilian to barely figure in the game.
Mane sent Neymar for chips 🍟 pic.twitter.com/Ro4fzr3Pt0
— nay (@nayoneofficial) September 18, 2018
Mane was excellent in the first half as we harried and bullied PSG into submission. The Senegal man didn’t score a goal but he surely made life tough for the French side.
We have started our Champions League campaign in excellent fashion and our next European tie is against Napoli in Italy.
Should Mane and the rest of the team go in with the same sort of mentality, a win against Napoli is a given. For now, we should plan for all three points against Southampton on Saturday.
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