Liverpool seem to have given up on Emre Can’s contract renewal and the German panzer is set to join Juventus on a Bosman move at the end of this campaign. Steven Gerrard, in a recent interview, confirmed Can’s egress as the club decided not to meet his entourage’s demand of inserting a release clause.
Naby Keita, however, will be joining the Reds in July and the RB Leipzig man will have a challenging task of matching the hype that he generated during his Bundesliga stint. But Keita is not a like-for-like replacement to Emre Can and as per latest rumors, Jurgen Klopp is weighing up a move for Tottenham Hotspurs’ Victor Wanyama.
The 26-year-old former Kenyan international is exactly what the fans have been demanding for years. Liverpool let Lucas Leiva leave for SS Lazio as Klopp does not fancy a defensive midfielder in his system who will sit back and screen the back-line. The former Southampton medio brings much more to his game than sitting back deep down the midfield and offers strength in winning back possession, holding the ball and stride forward from the deep to operate in advanced areas. He was regular for Spurs last season but struggled to break into the starting lineup recently since recovering from his knee injury. The magnificent Mousa Dembele and emerging Eric Dier have restricted his game time to Cup competitions and substitute appearances. The player thus will be keen on first-team opportunities and might part ways with Mauricio Pochettino to join Liverpool.
Liverpool have been fragile defensively and their deep defense along with the goalkeepers have been heavily criticized very often. But a blocker in midfield reduces the risk of being exposed defensively and Wanyama’s inclusion might help them to be more disciplined and less vulnerable at the back. He recently scored a belter against the Reds at Anfield in Spurs’ controversial 2-2 draw but it might just be the time for the ex-Saints star to reunite with many of his former teammates in Liverpool.