Reds midfielder Emre Can says his time at Liverpool ‘has helped him a lot’ as the player prepares for Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final showdown against Mexico.
The versatile midfielder is currently at the centre of an ongoing contract situation, with the German set to enter the final year of his current deal.
It’s been suggested that Can wants around £100,000 a week, but with competition in Liverpool’s midfield extremely high and with Jürgen Klopp on the look out for a new central midfielder this summer, the Reds may be wary about paying out that sort of wage to a play who is not always a first team regular.
Nonetheless, Can has made clear that he’d love to stay at Liverpool and says his time at the club has helped him to develop as a player.
“Liverpool has helped me a lot. I’ve learnt a lot in my three years there. I’m a lot tougher in the tackle now. I’ve also developed as a person whilst in England” Can said.
The German also commented on the Reds’ recent acquisition of record signing Mohamed Salah from Roma.
“Yes, I’m very happy about that. He’s a good player. I was looking at his stats just the other day.”
Can has impressed so far for Germany in the Confederations Cup and the closing stages of the tournament are now approaching with the semi-finals and final due to take place towards the end of this week.
Asked for his opinion on his contribution to Germany’s success in the tournament so far, Can said:
“For me it’s a chance to show what I can do on the big stage wearing the Germany shirt. I think that the two games which I started went well. I’m one of the more experienced players here. I want to help the boys, inspire the team and, above all, put in good performances.”
A lot has been made of the squad that Germany took to the tournament, with the majority of their senior players not involved. It’s a young and fairly inexperienced squad but Can believes they are coping well.
“Obviously, the quality is there, but notwithstanding that we’ve never played together before. Therefore, given that we’ve only spent two weeks together, lots of things are going very, very well. Everyone wants to prove themselves, even in training. We’re a young, hungry team.”