Liverpool round-up: Can contract hold up reason revealed; Coutinho's back; Oxlade-Chamberlain discusses move
The reason for the stalling of Emre Can’s contract talks is believed to be a release clause, according to The Times. Now into the final 12 months of his deal and able to enter into talks with foreign clubs from January, it is a matter of urgency that the Reds tie up a new deal or risk losing him for nothing.
Can is pushing to have a release clause included in his new contract, something which Liverpool are reportedly reluctant to offer. Initial suggestions that it was wages that were holding up the deal were wide of the mark, with the clause the only part of the potential agreement which is not yet close.
Another player who may be wishing that he had insisted on a release clause in his long term contract signed this year is Philippe Coutinho. However, the Liverpool Echo have now suggested that the Brazilian is back in Liverpool after he was pictured on board a private jet returning from South America.
Coutinho traveled back with team-mate Roberto Firmino alongside other Premier League stars such as Willian and Gabriel Jesus. Having failed to play for the club so far this summer due to a stress related back injury, he could come into contention for this weekend’s clash with Manchester City.
This Saturday could also see a debut for midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. On Wednesday, the new arrival enjoyed his first training session at Melwood and revealed his delight to be playing under Jurgen Klopp, telling the club website:
“Even as a neutral watching him last season… [you see] his passion and how much he cares about the game. The thing that stood out for me was his relationship with the players, how close he seems to bond with the players on and off the field. That’s massive and it’s definitely a big plus when you’re looking to progress, having that relationship with the manager, that definitely helps. And then obviously the way his teams play, that’s definitely inspirational for me and was one of the instrumental [reasons] – if not the main reason – that I felt this place was definitely the place for me.”
The England international may be in contention for a starting spot in the side, though he may have to settle for a place on the bench with the likes of Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and Georgino Wijnaldum all in good form early this season.