Can dismisses money talk

    Can scored the winner against Burnley at the weekend

    Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has dismissed reports which claim that talks over his contract being halted is down to money.

    The German international has so far failed to an agree an extension to the contract which is over after next season and the media have claimed that he is looking for a big pay rise.

    But the former Bayer Leverkusen man says it isn’t financial, that he is happy where he is and just wants to play football.

    “I read in newspapers it was about money, but it isn’t about money.” he said.

    “We’ve had a few good meetings and everything is fine. I just wanted to say it is never about the money.

    “It is about the future, what happens.” he added.

    When asked whether he would still be a Liverpool player next season, Can gave a fairly open response.

    “You never know what will happen in football, but I am happy here. We will speak in the next few weeks and months and see what happens.” he responded.

    “The meetings are with my agent, but I am very happy at Liverpool. In the future I can play for many years at Liverpool.” he added.

    When asked if the contract talks stalling was down to his drop in form this season, he said it was not and that niggling injuries were the reason.

    “No, that was not the reason.” he said.

    “The last few months the most important thing has been that I am pain-free and we have spoken more about that than the contract.

    “I’ve had calf problems for many years and it has been very difficult for me – ten minutes into the game I’ve not been able to feel my feet in a few games – but I didn’t like to go to the press and say, ‘I am injured’.

    “Maybe it was not good that I played and did not have a break. I didn’t play well when it was my opportunity to play and it was my mistake. I play in a different position now and I don’t sprint too much.

    “When I play at eight I have to go forward and sprint more; when I play at six I don’t have to sprint too much.

    “I feel good at the moment. I have to come back to the old Emre because when I am fit I know what I am able to do and I am confident enough to know I can play much better than in the past.” he continued.

    Can is also looking forward to Sunday’s trip to The Etihad to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in a key Premier League clash.

    “It will be a very interesting game.” he said.

    “In the past we have played really well against top teams and hopefully we will do it again next week.” he finished.

    Can is likely to start with captain Jordan Henderson set to miss the game.


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