Can trained on Monday ahead of the game after over two months out of action. (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been advised to omit Emre Can from his squad for this weekend’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The Germany international is out-of-contract at the end of the season and is expected to complete a long-anticipated move to Juventus after Saturday’s showcase in Kiev.
Can had been locked in talks with Liverpool over a possible extension but looks set to make-way for Naby Keita, who already has an agreement in place to move to Anfield this summer from RB Leipzig.
A back injury has prevented Can from playing since mid-March, but having trained on Monday he could be in contention to face Real in what would be a fitting Liverpool swansong.
However, with his move to Juve seemingly just days away, ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge doesn’t want Can anywhere near the club’s preparations for the final.
‘I’m not sure I want Emre Can in the squad for the Champions League final on Saturday because his heart isn’t at Liverpool,” he told Liverpool Echo.
‘It’s a tricky one for the manager. Do you use his experience now he’s fit or do you turn to people whose future is at the club?
Klopp has refused to rule out Can playing a role in Kiev. (Picture: Getty Images)‘A lot of fans wouldn’t want Can on the bench. The club has had a custard pie from him and his agent.
‘He’s been part of the journey to this final but he certainly doesn’t deserve to start against Real Madrid.
‘Why does he want to leave? Money. Is the Italian league better? No. Juventus are a huge club but Liverpool have won the Champions League more times than them. I would question the advice he’s been getting but if he wants to go this summer then go.’
Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum made up Liverpool’s midfield in both legs of the semi-final victory over Roma but they could be broken up if Can proves his fitness before the weekend.
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Klopp confirmed the ex-Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen man was in contention to feature during his pre-match press conference on Monday when he was also pressed on Can’s future – but produced a flat-batted response.
‘No clue. [That’s] not important in the moment, to be honest,’ he said.
‘In this moment, he is 100 per cent here and that is the only thing I’m interested in. Anything else, I really have no idea but that’s not important to me at the moment.’