Emre Can believes that it is more debilitating calf injury that has affected his performance over the last 12 months and insisted that he is happy to stay at Liverpool, despite having yet to agree an extension to his contract.
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The Germany midfielder scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season in the 2-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday as Jürgen Klopp’s side recorded a third straight Premier League win at Anfield to maintain their place in the top four.
Can, who moved to Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen 2014 for £10m, has received regular treatment on a calf for over a year and has been to see specialists. A breakthrough was made at the end of the month of February, with Klopp praising the 23-year-old after the match against Burnley to play through the pain.
However, while his representatives have held preliminary negotiations with Liverpool about extending his stay, it is understood that they have yet to discuss the financial details, in spite of reports was demanding £100,000 per week.
“I read in the newspapers that it was a question of money, but this is not a question of money. We had some good meetings and everything is going well,” he said. “All is well and I just wanted to say that it is not a question of money. It is about the future, what is going on. In the past few months, the most important thing is that I am without pain and we talked more about that than the contract.
“We’re going to talk about in the coming weeks and months, and see what happens. I want to play without injury. The meetings are organised with my agent, but I am very happy at Liverpool. In the future I can play for many years in Liverpool.”
His representative, Reza Fazeli, the first has had a number of discussions on the extension of the current player contract with a value of € 35 000 per week last year, but they have been put on hold while he recovered from his injury. It is understood the discussions will resume in the coming weeks, with Liverpool keen to retain a player who began his career at Bayern Munich and has seven caps for Germany. Juventus have been linked with a move for the cad, but he insisted he was focused only on returning to full fitness.
“I know that I could do much better in the past,” he said. “I have had a few problems, calf problems, but I continued and I played. Maybe it was not good that I’ve played and has not had a break, but the last few weeks have been better and I feel strong again. I know that when I’m in shape and without pain, I’m fairly confident I know what I’m going to do.
“I’ve had calf problems for many years and it has been very difficult for me because I played out of position, which means more sprints, and 10 minutes in the game, I have not been able to feel my feet in a few games. I didn’t like to go to the press and say: “I am wounded.’ I did not play well when it was an opportunity for me to play and it was my mistake. I play in a different position now and I don’t have a sprint too. The last week has been good, against Burnley was good and I was pain free.
“I feel good. I have to go back to the old Emre because when I’m in shape, I know what I am capable of doing, and I am confident enough to know I can play much better than in the past.”