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.
Liverpool are saying no
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.
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.
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