The German international was thought to be keen to leave Anfield earlier this summer with his contract entering its’ final year. However, Barcelona’s push to take Philippe Coutinho, 25, in recent weeks put Can’s future on the back-burner. Juventus pushed him back into the limelight, front and centre.
Recent displays indicate that the 2016-17 BBC Goal of the Season winner is at the peak of his game and that Liverpool can ill-afford to lose either of their influential midfielders. With Naby Keita, 22, arriving next summer from RB Leipzig, Jurgen Klopp is beginning to assemble a formidable and athletic midfield.
Can, as the defensive pivot, is vital to that machine.
Juventus though, is a huge draw to the former Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich player. It offers him the chance of a league champions medal, something which has eluded Liverpool since 1990, as well as progress in the Champions League.
Juventus held their own against Real Madrid in June’s final before the Spaniards showed their class and romped home 4 – 1 in Cardiff. Can’s defensive quality could improve on that showing.