Jurgen Klopp believes Emre Can’s recent form has been impressive, amidst the uncertainty over his future at the club.
The Liverpool midfielder is out of contract in the summer and could leave as a free agent with Juventus leading the chase for his signature.
Klopp, who still hopes that Can will sign a new deal, has continued to pick the 24-year-old and says his performances show that the 24-year-old is still committed to doing his best for the club.
“Emre is here in the moment and that is the most important thing,” Klopp said.
“We have to create a situation where players want to stay – that’s all we can do as a club, as a team and me as a manager.
“For me, there is no problem if Emre plays like he is in the moment.
“Especially with the injury of Hendo (Jordan Henderson), he’s been playing pretty much all the time which is really difficult.
“For 60, 70 minutes he was outstanding against City. Important and impressive and stuff like that. We will see what happens. He didn’t sign a new contract for us yet otherwise we would have informed you.”
The major stumbling block during contract negotiations over the past 18 months has been Can’s insistence on a release clause to be inserted into his contract.
When questioned on why Can may want to leave Anfield, Klopp was quick to add that the Merseyside outfit must make it difficult for players to want to leave.
“Look, I don’t know (why he would want to leave),” Klopp added.
“There are other places with football clubs as well. We cannot ignore that.
“In this era, maybe they are not all one team players. By the way, you only want the good players to be that. If someone not so good stays at one club all his life you say: ‘Why are you still here?’
“Let me say it like this, we have to make it as difficult as possible for them to want to leave here.
“That can and probably will still happen in the future. It is not a big problem, but we can’t let it happen too often.”