Liverpool scored six past Watford on Sunday and one player that got on the score sheet was German midfielder Emre Can. The 22-year-old continued in the heart of the team in place of Georginio Wijnaldum and after a tough start, got his just rewards, as he headed in Liverpool’s third goal before half-time.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man, who is rated at €44.3 Million by the CIES Football Observatory, has cemented his place in the XI thanks to Wijnaldum’s injury during the last international break and seems to be getting better with each game. This was also his second goal of the season, which was his tally for the entirety of last season.
The 22-year-old’s performances seem to have caught the eye of the Liverpool management and according to the Express; his contract is going to be renewed.
Can’s current contract ends in 2018 but it seems the German wants to spend a few years more at Anfield.
“Yes, the club have spoken to my agent,” Can said. “The talks are going very good.
“I have one-and-a-half years left. I am still under contract and it is my agent’s work [to sort it out]. I am very happy here at Liverpool.”
Title talk is premature
Liverpool have been brilliant in attack this season and sit on top of the Premier League for the first time since May 2014. It is not a surprise that many are tipping the Reds to win their first ever Premier League and with no European football to distract them, it could come true.
Can though is not getting caught in the title talk and isn’t even sure about how the club could win it.
“If you play for a club like Liverpool you have to think always about titles,” Can added.
“The target at such a big club is always to win silverware. Of course we want to win the title but we don’t know if we will win it.
“We want to make history but it comes from hard work, it comes from belief, it comes from confidence.
“There’s a long, long way to go. We have to look not to tomorrow but to today. We can dream. Everybody can dream but you have to see the truth.”
A fearsome attack
While the midfielder seems to be enjoying his role alongside Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, credit must be given to the front three of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. The players have torn most of the opponents to shreds and that has catapulted the Reds to the top of the table.
There still is a long way to go for the league season to end and even Klopp stated that the Reds have a long road to go. But the signs are looking good and if the midfield can dominate the opposition like they did against Crystal Palace and Watford, Liverpool will make it a title chase to remember.
“He should be the one” – Anfield legend believes Liverpool should look to sign this in-form English star
Liverpool FC transfer news: Carragher wants Reds to sign Maddison
The English midfielder had a fine debut season for the Foxes after joining from Norwich City in the previous campaign.
Maddison was excellent in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend and created several chances for the away side.
Liverpool didn’t sign a senior outfield player in the summer but Carragher believed that the Leicester City man is the one that the Reds should target (h/t Mirror):
“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at.”
Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Mirror) and believed that Maddison is the player who could take us to the next step even though he would cost a lot of money:
“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to that next step up.”
An expensive signing for Klopp’s side?
The Reds have several midfield options in their current team but there isn’t one player who can create chances for the attackers.
Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two attack-minded midfielders but they aren’t as creative as Maddison.
The 22-year-old has grown since his move to the King Power Stadium and it will be interesting to see how he performs this season.
Brendan Rodgers has worked well with young talent in the past and our former manager seems to be getting the best out of Maddison.
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Leicester sold Harry Maguire for a huge sum this summer, and they won’t let the Englishman leave easily anytime soon.
“He needs to be patient” – Klopp believes Liverpool star will be back to his best despite slow start
Latest Liverpool news: Klopp wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to be patient regarding game time
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness and started in our last two games.
However, his performance in the UEFA Super Cup wasn’t great, while he did an excellent job in the second half against Southampton.
The Ox was subbed off at half-time against Chelsea in Istanbul, and Klopp claimed the midfielder needs to be patient before he gets back to his best (h/t Mirror):
“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent. We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.
“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.”
Ox needs more time on the field
The English midfielder almost missed an entire season due to the knee injury he picked up against Roma, and he will get back to his best after getting more minutes on the pitch.
Klopp added that playing him in an advanced position in the Super Cup didn’t work out, but claimed that things would be alright for the midfielder soon.
Liverpool need the Ox to remain injury-free for the majority of this season as he provides a different dimension to the team.
The former Arsenal star provides a greater attacking threat from the midfield and hopefully, he can create several chances for our forwards.
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Liverpool’s next game is against Oxlade-Chamberlain’s former club, and it will be interesting to see if the Englishman faces the Gunners on Saturday.
Liverpool coach confirms discussions to sign former Tottenham star available on a free transfer
Liverpool FC transfer news: Achterberg confirms signing Vorm has been discussed
Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg confirmed that Michel Vorm’s name has been discussed by the Champions League holders.
The Reds have seen Alisson pick up a calf injury in the first game of the Premier League season while Adrian was declared fit to play against Southampton at the weekend.
Andy Lonergan was on the bench for the trip to St Mary’s and we could be in further trouble if either of the senior keepers picks up a problem.
Vorm was one of the best players for Swansea during his spell in the Premier League but his move to Tottenham saw him become the understudy to Hugo Lloris.
The Dutchman left Spurs at the end of last season, and Achterberg told NOS (h/t Liverpool Echo) that having quality keepers in the side isn’t an issue:
“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said this. Michel Vorm’s arrival has been discussed.”
The coach praised Lonergan for his experience in the lower leagues and added that Caoimhin Kelleher is a decent option too given that the academy starlet plays for Ireland’s youth teams.
A good move for Liverpool?
Liverpool cannot buy a senior keeper from another club as the transfer window has closed but they can sign free agents.
It will be difficult to find a better option than Vorm given his experience in the Premier League. However, the Dutch keeper would be the third choice below Adrian and above Lonergan.
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Liverpool cannot take risks with this position, and pushing Kelleher into the starting XI would be riskier than playing Vorm.