Emre Can has opened up on his transfer from Liverpool to Juventus, revealing how Jurgen Klopp was saddened by his decision to leave.
Can, 25, made 166 appearances for Liverpool across four seasons but parted company for the Old Lady upon the expiration of his contract last summer.
How has Can fared in Turin? Five key things to know…
- Can signed a four-year deal with Juve last June.
- He made a positive start to the season but was sidelined for two months between October and December.
- The 25-year-old has since returned and been a regular fixture in the heart of Juve’s midfield.
- Can revealed that he found Klopp’s training methods difficult, but added that Allegri’s have been even more strenuous.
- Only Alex Sandro has attempted more tackles (62) than Can (53) in Serie A for Juve this season.
Since then the industrious midfielder has been fighting his way into first-team contention under Massimiliano Allegri, starting the previous six Serie A matches.
It has been difficult adjusting to the Italian coach’s training methods, according to Can, but he added that he endured similar problems under Klopp’s tutelage.
Signed by Brendan Rodgers in 2014, Klopp took the Anfield helm in October 2015 and built up a strong relationship with the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, which may explain why he was “disappointed” by his compatriot’s decision to leave.
“I already complained to Jurgen Klopp about the hard training in Liverpool!” Can told DAZN and Goal . “But the training here at Juventus is a bit tougher.
“We have to run even more, do more strength training. It was a big challenge for me at the beginning. But now my body has got used to it.
“He was disappointed [Klopp]. He wanted me to stay in Liverpool, but accepted my decision.
“He also knew that it was not a decision against him or against Liverpool, but for a new challenge at Juventus.
“I had a wonderful and memorable time in Liverpool and will always be grateful to all the people who have supported me there. I am still in touch with Jurgen Klopp.”
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“Allegri is a tactical mastermind”
Having worked under the watchful eye of two of the best coaches Europe has to offer, Can had no shortage of praise for either manager, but reserved a special admiration for his current boss.
The German was quick to heap praise on Allegri and his tactical outlook on the game, explaining how the 51-year-old is constantly tweaking and adjusting his system depending on the opposition.
He added: “Allegri is a tactical mastermind. He adjusts us differently before every match, constantly trying out new variants.
“We have to attack and defend differently in each match. For him, every little detail is important.”