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Emre Can's contract talks with Liverpool have broken down due to one key reason

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In 2016/17, Jurgen Klopp endured a slightly mixed bag during his first full season in charge of Liverpool.

After starting like a train, the Reds tailed off halfway through the season, before regrouping towards the end to finally secure a Champions League spot on the last day.

It was the minimum expected of the German coach and over the summer, the onus was on him to recruit people to elevate his talented squad.

He did okay, bringing in the likes of Mohamed Sarah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke, while highly-rated RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita will join next summer.

Nevertheless, they did have to endure a big negative over the saga concerning Philippe Coutinho, with the Brazilian clearly stating his desire to leave the club for Barcelona.

The 25-year-old ended up remaining at Anfield but now, Liverpool's actions have had an impact on the future of another one of their stars.

German midfielder Emre Can has been engaged in contract talks for a while and it is reported by the Mirror that these have now broken down because the club will not insert a release clause into the deal.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man has seen the despair Coutinho has had to go through without having one in his deal and is determined to not limit his options, with Juventus very keen on him.

Klopp is desperate to keep the midfielder who has enjoyed a stellar start to the campaign, starting four games and scoring twice against Hoffenheim in the Champions League qualifier.

Liverpool are reluctant to meet Can's requests, which seems odd given that he clearly wants sign a deal which would at the very least mean the club do not lose him on a Bosman next summer.

His potential loss would also coincide with Keita's arrival, meaning the Reds would already have a ready-made replacement if the German's release clause was activated by Juve.

Klopp and FSG simply have to take a look at the situation at Arsenal with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to understand how foolish their stance could prove.

Can is not certain to leave but if he does, they will want to receive at least a little bit of cash for him.

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