The expectation is that this is Can’s final Liverpool season, but the player insists his focus is on the present.
Whatever happens beyond this season for Emre Can, the midfielder insists that in the present he’s only focused on one thing: winning silverware with Liverpool this season. Though he’s not willing to give any hints when it comes to what his future might hold beyond the current campaign, for now that’s his sole concern.
“There are still many games with Liverpool to concentrate on,” he told The Liverpool Echotoday when asked what it is that the future holds for the German midfielder who is in his fourth season on Merseyside and turns 24 on Friday. “I hope to be able to stay healthy and go to the World Cup in the summer.
“We have been in a good way and we want to try to continue winning as many games as possible and hopefully that can mean having a good run in the FA Cup as well as the Premier League and the Champions League. We want to win a trophy. We are full of belief that winning a title is something this squad is capable of.”
Speculation has been high that his future is already all but decided and that he will sign a pre-contract agreement with Juventus before the end of the month, and while Can may be moving on, he’s committed to Liverpool for the current season—something Jürgen Klopp asks of all his players at the start of each season.
He also wants to develop further as a player before he goes—if he goes—noting that while he’s learned a lot so far in his time at the club, he knows there’s still room for him to grow and improve and that that is a must if he’s to develop into the kind of dynamic, physical presence in midfield that he has the talent to become.
“Not too many people play that many games for a club like Liverpool by the age of 23 and you can’t do that if you are not a good player,” he added. “I’m very thankful to all the trainers, the manager and all the staff here for the part they have played in helping me to achieve—without them it wouldn’t have been possible.
“I am always my own biggest critic and although I am pleased with my development in these three-and-a-half seasons but I know there are a lot of areas that I can still improve.