Liverpool midfielder Emre Can: 'Contract delay is not about money'

The Germany worldwide has yet to agree fresh terms with the Reds, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the 2017-18 season.

The German has stalled on signing the deal and suggests the delay is down to footballing reasons rather than financial.

"The performance was good enough to win the game but the result is massive for us, it's the first ugly game we have won", Liverpool manager Klopp told Sky Sports. "It is never about the money", The Telegraph quotes Can as saying. It is about the future, what happens.

"We will speak in the next few weeks and months and see what happens".

Henderson has missed his side's last three games with the setback, with Liverpool bouncing back from a loss at Leicester City with wins over Arsenal and Burnley to get their push for a top-four Premier League finish back on track.

Since his move to Anfield from the Bundesliga, Can has made 119 league and cup appearances for the Reds, appearing in a number of different positions.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said he is unsure whether Emre Can's long-term future lies at Anfield.

Last season he was seen as Liverpool's key midfielder for the years ahead, but Emre Can has become more of a divisive figure this season.

"When I play as the No 8 I have to go forward and sprint more and I had a few problems with my calf", Can revealed.

"Maybe the trainer [coach] has to decide but I feel good at the moment".

"I know what I am able to do when I am fit, when I'm pain-free".

Simon Mignolet has urged his Liverpool team mates to build on last weekend's "old school" comeback against Burnley as they prepare for a visit to fellow top-four rivals Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

"In the past we have played really well against top teams and hopefully we will do it again next week", he added.

'Now the next two games are very big - Man City and then the [Merseyside] derby after the global break.

The current season marked the beginning of a new pattern for Liverpool Football Club, wherein a win or draw against a team from title-chasing teams was followed by dropped points against teams from the bottom half of the table.

  • Julie Sanders