Liverpool open contract talks with Emre Can in bid to tie German down to new long-term deal

Liverpool are moving to try and sign midfielder Emre Can to a new long-term contract at the club in reward for his excellent 2015-16 campaign under compatriot Jürgen Klopp, with some discussions having already taken place.

Liverpool open contract talks with Emre Can in bid to tie German down to new long-term deal
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Liverpool have opened talks with Emre Can as they look to tie down the midfielder to a new long-term contract at the club.

The German was one of the Reds' most impressive performers throughout the 2015-16 season, racking up 49 first-team appearances and thriving as a mainstay of Jürgen Klopp's midfield.

The 22-year-old will be a part of Germany's Euro 2016 squad and was a major reason why Liverpool reached the Europa League final, producing an immense performance on his return from injury against Villarreal in the second-leg of the semi-finals.

Can is currently halfway through the four-year deal he signed when he joined from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth around £10 million in the summer of 2014, with Liverpool reportedly keen to secure his future until 2021 with Klopp having given the green light to offer improved terms.

It marks a hugely successful 12 months for Can, who this time last year found his place at the club cast in uncertainty as former boss Brendan Rodgers persistently continued to use him in defence.

Now a regular first-choice in his favoured midfield role, the five-time capped German international has become a vital player for the Reds - reflected by their urgency to offer him an extension.

Preliminary discussions are already taking place with Can's representatives and the promise of Klopp's first season at the club, helping them to two cup finals - although they lost both - could be enough to convince the player to put pen-to-paper.

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Emre Can, pictured in action against Sevilla in the Europa League final, was one of the Reds' brightest performers throughout the season. (Picture: Getty Images)
Emre Can, pictured in action against Sevilla in the Europa League final, was one of the Reds' brightest performers throughout the season. (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool have already signed Marko Grujić, Joël Matip and goalkeeper Loris Karius this summer - all at a combined fee of less than £10 million as Klopp looks to mould his squad.

The Reds are actively looking to strengthen midfield, with Mahmoud Dahoud of Borussia Mönchengladbach one of their prime targets and signing Can to a new deal would certainly be a major boost given his glowing reputation.

However, with changes ongoing throughout the summer, Joe Allen could be on his way out the door at Anfield. The Welshman, also in France for Euro 2016 which starts on Friday night, is entering the final year of his contract and looks likely to leave.

Swansea City have made no secret of their desire to bring the midfielder back to the club he left for £15 million in 2012, but Allen will talk with Liverpool at the end of the Euros to discuss his future.

It is believed that, should they decide to allow him to leave, the Reds will demand a minimum fee of £10 million after he ended the season with a string of impressive displays. But he expects more regular first-team football, and could be forced to leave in order to find that.

Lucas Leiva, meanwhile, could stay as a back-up midfielder, or even a utility defender, if he is given indications that Klopp will give him an opportunity to fight for a place.

The long-serving Brazilian has edged close to an exit a number of times, only to prove his worth, and remains one of the most experienced members of the squad.

Otherwise, young Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell and Southampton forward Sadio Mané are potential targets for Liverpool - though it is unlikely any moves will be made in the next couple of weeks with Klopp and the majority of his backroom staff currently on their holidays.