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Jurgen Klopp is adamant his key players are not for sale.

Juventus set to make £23million bid for Liverpool midfielder

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Speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho has put something of a dampener on the start of Liverpool's season.

The Reds got their campaign underway with a thrilling 3-3 draw at Watford, yet much of the talk continues to focus on whether their star man will join Barcelona before the August 31 deadline.

With the Brazilian handing in a transfer request earlier this week, it seems like only a matter of time before a deal happens, despite Jurgen Klopp's suggestions that the 25-year-old won't be sold at any price.

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If Coutinho does go, it makes keeping hold of their other key players absolutely imperative for Liverpool.

The difficulty is that they've earned a bit of a reputation as a selling club in recent years - not only among fans, as other clubs have noticed it too.

Perhaps with that in mind, Juventus are reportedly ready to try their luck with a bid of just £23million for Emre Can, per the Mirror.

Just like Coutinho, Liverpool are refusing to budge on the Germany international, who has just a year left on his current deal.

Contract talks with the midfielder are at a standstill with little sign that there is going to be a compromise.

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However, it's understood that Liverpool would rather lose him for nothing in a year's time than cash in on Can now, especially for such a low price.

The 23-year-old was generally impressive against Watford, the team he scored his acrobatic Goal of the Season against last term.

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His versatility, strength in midfield, and talent for going forward all make him a valuable asset. Can hasn't always been a guaranteed starter, though, and it remains to be seen whether James Milner will now be competing with him for his spot after Alberto Moreno was reintroduced at left-back.

Just 18 days remain of the summer transfer window. Were FSG to accept any offers now - whether that's for Can, Coutinho, or any other key players - they would leave Klopp with very little time to replace them.

Should Liverpool sell Can or risk him leaving on a free next summer? Have your say in the comments. 

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