Emre Can has frustrated many Liverpool fans with a sharp decline in his performances since the beginning of 2017, and now his poor displays have cast doubt over his Anfield future.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has persisted with the young German midfielder, but a lack of confidence throughout the team is thought to have had an impact on his performances.
The Liverpool Echo's James Pearce told the Anfield HQ podcast: "
"I did actually ask Klopp about Can. I think it was the day before the Hull game and I asked him about the contract situation and he said that it’s not unsettling at all for Can because, “he knows what I want” and by that I think it’s fair to assume that he wants him to stay, he wants him to be part of Liverpool’s future.
"So, that’s no closer to being resolved at the moment and I think it’s difficult to say how that one will pan out. I think that the fact that Klopp clearly wants him to stick around makes you wonder whether Liverpool will go back to the negotiating table.
"If they do stand firm then I think that will be an issue this summer because there’s no way Liverpool are going to risk losing Can in the summer of 2018."
Many have tipped Can to be a future star for club and country, but it now lies with Klopp and Liverpool whether they start negotiations with the German national again.