Emre Can explains why he left Liverpool for Juventus and talks about the alleged rift with Jurgen Klopp

Germany international Emre Can has cleared the air, explaining that he didn’t leave Liverpool because of problems with manager Jurgen Klopp.

Can, 24, left for Juventus on a free transfer after failing to agree to terms over a new deal at Anfield. And the former Bayern Munich youngster, who left Liverpool after four years, has told the Liverpool ECHO that he moved to Juventus due to a childhood ambition.

“I had problems with Klopp? No, I had no problems with Klopp. I had a very good relationship with him,” Can told reporters as he was unveiled as a Juventus player in a press conference.

“At the end he wished me all the best here. I never had problems with Klopp.

“I had a lot of offers from very good teams.

“I decided to come to Juventus because I think the project here is very big. They have very big aims. I want to be part of the project here.

“I am really happy to be here. I know how Juventus play, I watched a lot of the games last season. One of my biggest idols was Zidane who played here too.

“My first manager when I started to play football was a huge Juventus fan. When I was six or seven he told me that one day I’d play for Juventus. Now I am here and it’s a cool story.”

Can, who made 167 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, also claimed that he joined the Serie A champions to win titles and that the club have been in contact with his agent for many years.

It is indeed a shame to lose a player of Can’s quality, particularly when he had improved leaps and bounds last season. He had his injury problems but when fully fit, the German was a midfield panzer for us, dictating the tempo of the game while creating chances and scoring goals.

However, we have replaced Can with Fabinho, who has joined us after a couple of good seasons with AS Monaco. Also, the Reds have finally landed Naby Keita which definitely softens the blow.

In all fairness, Fabinho is a straight upgrade to Can and will bring a lot more physicality and steel to our midfield. Keita, on the other hand, would add creativity and energy that was lost, following Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury.

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Let’s hope Fabinho and Keita gel in quickly with their teammates and help us challenge for the title next season.