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Report - Liverpool activate midfielder's release clause

The deal to bring Emre Can to Anfield appears to have taken a step closer.

Liverpool hope to complete the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can within the week according to the Daily Mail.

The Mail is reporting that the Reds have activated a release clause in the 20-year-old’s contract. German newspaper Bild is also reporting a deal is close.

There were thoughts that the move could be scuppered by personal terms with the midfielder said to have been in no rush to resolve his future according to reports last week. There were also reported concerns that Bayern Munich may have tried to re-sign the player after they sold him to Leverkusen 12 months earlier, given they had first refusal on the player.

Racism row with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra and biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic were the lowest points, but he has also been branded a ‘cheat’ for diving to earn penalties and made himself unpopular with many Liverpool fans for trying to force a move out of the club last summer.

However, the 27-year-old has redeemed himself with his sensational performances in the 2013-14 campaign. Suarez was suspended for the start of the Premier League season, but as soon as he returned to the pitch, he became a superstar.

The Uruguay international finished the campaign as the top scorer in the English top flight with 31 goals, while adding 12 assists to his name. Suarez was the undisputed star in Liverpool finishing just two points behind eventual champions Manchester City in second place and was rewarded with the PFA Player of the Year gong.

Suarez’s on-pitch footballing success at Liverpool since his move from Ajax in January 2011 cannot be disputed, but his controversial actions have seen him portrayed as a villain in the English media. However, club owner John Henry believes that it is now time for everyone to forgive Suarez for his past actions and move on.

Interestingly, the American businessman makes a remark which probably gives an insight into why Suarez has done things he shouldn’t have: the 27-year-old is very competitive and wants to win at any cost.

‘All of us at the club, including every player, know that one, Luis is a good person and a great teammate, and two, he is hypercompetitive and can overreact’,

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