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Liverpool round-up: Can contract talks latest; Bayern challenge for midfielder; hero retires

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Liverpool round-up: Can contract talks latest; Bayern challenge for midfielder; hero retires

The Liverpool Echo state that Jurgen Klopp is desperate to secure the future of midfielder Emre Can, despite talks over a new deal having been shelved since Christmas with his agents demanding wages in the region of £100,000 per week, more than doubling his current wages.

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The German has been very inconsistent this season but is still a valued member of the squad by Klopp and the rest of the first team. The 23-year-old is expected to fill in once again for the injured Jordan Henderson against Burnley this weekend but Klopp clearly wishes to tie down his long-term future with only one year left on his existing contract.

A potential replacement for Can, or a competitor, could be Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, say the Liverpool Echo. The 22-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga but is also now attracting interest from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Atlético Madrid and Arsenal after rising to fame in Germany this season.

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The Guinea international shares an agent with Reds’ forward Sadio Mane, which could give the club a vital boost in their pursuit of the youngster who moved to RB Leipzig in the summer for £12.75 million from another Red Bull club in the form of Austrian outfit RB Salzburg.

Keita could represent a replacement for former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso after the 35-year-old announced that he will retire when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

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The Spaniard, who won two European Championships and one World Cup, also picked up a Champions League medal and FA Cup trophy whilst on Merseyside as he made 210 appearances for the Anfield club, scoring 18 goals in the process. Having enjoyed a hugely successful career, the holding midfielder, who has a reputation for his superb passing, will now consider his options after retiring.

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