Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has "no problem" with midfielder Emre Can and admits his compatriot could sign terms with another club during the January transfer window as his contract at Anfield nears its end.
Can has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus in recent months and looks extremely unlikely to commit his future to the Reds, whose efforts to tie the Germany international down to a new long-term contract have proven futile.
Klopp said recently that he hasn't given up hope of holding onto Can and was keen to stress that he has no issue with the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, though that may change if he is revealed to have agreed to move to another club next month.
"Whatever I could say about that is not for a press conference," Klopp said ahead of his side's clash with West Bromwich Albion. "We spoke about that already and I said that he can sign but the only difference from January is that he can also sign for another club, that's all.
"For us there's no difference, as long as we don't get information that he has signed for another club there's no problem. And I speak a lot to Emre, like other players too, but it's pretty rare that I speak to him about the contract situation because I've given already all the information that we can give."
Can was an unused substitute on the weekend as Liverpool were frustrated by their rivals Everton in the 229th edition of the Merseyside derby, but he has featured regularly for the Reds this season despite the uncertainty surrounding his future.
Juventus, who have a penchant for signing key players for nominal fees, have made no secret of their interest in Can and are open to prising him away for Anfield for a small sum in January, though they are unwilling to match Liverpool's €10m price tag for the 23-year-old, according to CalcioMercato.
Juventus are in contact with Can's representatives and are keen to press on with a deal for the former Bayern Munich academy graduate, who is attracting interest from Manchester City, but for now the midfielder's immediate focus lies solely on Liverpool's midweek encounter against West Brom.