Liverpool midfielder Emre Can: 'Contract delay is not about money'

The midfielder's contract expires next summer and discussions about a new deal have stalled amid reports his representatives want to secure wages in excess of £70,000-a-week.

"Can's big problem is that I don't think he's a versatile player but he's played in four or five positions for Liverpool", he said, per the Independent.

"We usually win good games, but the bad games and the average games, we need to be challenging, too". "It is never about the money". It is about the future, what happens.

"We knew beforehand what everyone was saying about how we didn't manage to get results against the "lower" teams who play a different style of football compared to the top teams", he said.

"A lot of specialists have been around to try and find out, but the situation was like this, that we could not say "go on holiday for four weeks and maybe it's better then" - that's not the situation".

Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson would be among the casualties of a starting line-up comprised of the best Liverpool and Manchester City players.

The global break will give the 26-year-old a bit more time to recover, but it remains to be seen how many more games he misses before returning to full fitness and claiming his place in the team back.

Can, who scored the victor in a 2-1 win over Burnley last weekend, hopes the Merseyside club are able to maintain their unbeaten record against their top-six rivals as they prepare for a testing visit to Manchester City on Sunday.

"I've had calf problems for many years and it has been very hard for me because I've played out of position, which means more sprints". I didn't play well when it was my opportunity to play and it was my mistake.

"When I play at [number] eight I have to go forward and sprint more; when I play at six I don't have to sprint too much".

The away side took a seventh-minute lead through Ashley Barnes, but Georginio Wijnaldum equalised with the last kick of the first half and Emre Can hit a fine long-range goal in the second half to earn the victory for Jurgen Klopp's below-par side. Last week was good, against Burnley was good and I was pain-free.

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