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What Gary Neville said about Emre Can after Liverpool vs Manchester City

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Liverpool certainly didn’t look like they missed Philippe Coutinho as they became the first team to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season on Sunday.

Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah saw them triumph 4-3 in a pulsating affair at Anfield.

It was the perfect response after what has been a difficult week which saw them sell one of their most influential players.

However, Liverpool might have to deal with losing another key player in the summer.

Emre Can’s contract expires at the end of the season and it’s looking increasingly likely that the German will join Juventus on a free transfer.

And after Can produced a brilliant performance in Liverpool’s midfield against City, it had everyone asking why the club isn’t doing more to keep hold of him.

That was certainly the thoughts of Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

After the seven-goal thriller, Neville insisted that losing Can would be a “big blow” to Liverpool.

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"The news about Can leaving, for me, I think he's a fantastic player, with personality and character. I think he brings a lot to this Liverpool team in terms of character," Neville said.

"That three in midfield and the three up front were brilliant in the first half. They set the tone for how you could play against Man City if you've got that energy and ability to know how to press.

"It's a big blow for Liverpool. It won't make the headlines that (Philippe) Coutinho's sale made. Juventus are a clever club, they sign intelligent players who are shrewd and know the game. I know there's a mixed reception on Merseyside to Can in terms of how good he is, and I've even had debates with Jamie Carragher.

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"He looks like he has authority on the pitch, and there aren't many of those characters around in the game."


Last month, Klopp remained extremely coy when asked about Can’s future at the club.

“And I said that he can sign but the only difference from January is that he can also sign for another club, that’s all," the German said about his compatriot.


“For us there is no difference. As long as we don’t get the information that he’s signed for another club. there’s nothing to say about it.

“And I speak a lot to Emre, like other players too, but it’s pretty rare that I speak to him about the contract situation because I've gave already all the information that we can give.

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