Emre Can's imminent new contract is a sign of Liverpool's direction

Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates after the game

Can looks set to put pen to paper on a long term deal.

Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates after the gameLiverpool's Emre Can celebrates after the game

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is to be offered a new long-term contract at the club according to various reports, including one from The Guardian.

Can has been one of the most improved players under Jurgen Klopp, and since the Reds boss was appointed in October, Can's influence on the side has continued to grow.

There have been suggestions that the Reds are looking to improve their midfield this summer, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that Borussia Moenchengladbach's Mahmoud Dahoud is a target for that area of the field.

It nevertheless proves that Can could be a long-term player at the heart of the Reds side under Klopp and he may well want to build the side around the 22-year-old.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Emre Can at the end of the matchLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Emre Can at the end of the match

One of the first things Klopp did when he arrived at the club was move Can into the middle of the park, and he seems to have been integral in helping to get the side play the way the manager would like. 

There is, of course, much for Can to improve on. His goal return since his signing totals just three, while there are times when he can be a little erratic - though that sort of play could diminish with both age and experience. 

He has shown he can offer Liverpool a substantial presence in the middle of the park and some drive, as well as good service - though it does feel he needs a capable partner in the middle. Whether that is the captain Jordan Henderson, or somebody else remains to be seen. 

Keeping one of their more promising players at the club on a long-term deal is a massive positive for Liverpool, as they hope Can will fulfill that potential. 

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with Chelsea's WillianLiverpool's Emre Can in action with Chelsea's Willian

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