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Liverpool open contract talks with Emre Can

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Liverpool have opened talks with Emre Can over an improved contract, reports the Guardian.

The 22-year-old has had an up and down start to his career at Anfield but Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with the rate of his development.

Can made the move to Merseyside in 2014, costing the club £9.75m to sign from Bayer Leverkusen and he has since emerged as a useful player in several different positions in midfield.

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And it seems that Klopp sees a bright future for the former Bayern Munich player with the German manager hoping to tie him down on a new long-term deal. Can had two years remaining on his current contract, but Klopp wants to reward him for his fine form.

Anfield officials are hoping for talks to be swift with Can reportedly happy to continue his career in with the Premier League club. He will be offered a pay rise, potentially making negotiations run even smoother.

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International playboy

However, while Liverpool hope to announce a deal before the start of the new Premier League season, they may have to wait until after Euro 2016 concludes next month.

His form was impressive enough to earn a place in Germany's 23-man roster for the European Championships in France, although he is unlikely to start for Joachim Low's world champions.

Can was called up to the senior national squad for the first time in August last year but has since made six appearances for the Nationalelf. But he will play second fiddle to more senior members of the squad.

Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil are likely to make up Germany's midfield three when their Euro 2016 campaign gets underway against Ukraine this Sunday.

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Busy summer

Should Can sign a new deal, it will prove a footnote in an otherwise busy summer transfer window for Liverpool. Klopp has already made three additions in Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and goalkeeper Loris Karius but is expected to do much more business before the window closes.

Southampton's Saido Mane and Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell are both reported targets while the likes of Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli are expected to be sold.

They will, however, have to be wary of so-called bigger clubs poaching their best players. Indeed, PSG and Barcelona have both been credited with an interest in Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is widely regarded to be Liverpool's most talented player.

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Coutinho, who recently scored a hat-trick for Brazil in the Copa America, has been urged by Dani Alves to leave Liverpool.

The Barcelona star said: "Liverpool have history but you should consider playing for top UCL sides. He has the quality to play for Barcelona."

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