There’s nothing quite like a goal by bicycle kick to unify a fickle fanbase. Emre Can’s overhead effort at Vicarage Road had just barely hit the back of Watford FC’s net when the sudden caws for the German midfielder’s new contract began. Those on the respect fence quickly hopped down onto the pomade laden grass of Can’s side. And those who had long-settled on the opposite—barren wasteland of dislike and shrugs—side were clamoring to scale a reinforced barricade of their own making in order to join the chorus of adulation for Emre Can. Bicycle kicks are a hell of a drug.
Emre will be entering the final year of his contract this summer. Talks with the people with ties and shiny shoes have been here and there apparently with no agreement yet. But, hopefully, those people like bicycle kicks and we can get this deal sorted.
Manager Jürgen Klopp has never tried to hide his fondness for Emre and is very positive that the contract will be worked out.
“I think it is no secret how much I like Emre,” said Klopp at Friday’s pre-Southampton presser.
“We are in talks and there is absolutely no pressure. It is all good. It is two partners with big respect for each other.
“If we can keep good players that makes sense for development and he is one of these good players. I am quite positive.”
When reports of Can’s tricky contract talks were made public, many assumed that money was the main stumbling block. And it definitely probably is. But that’s business and barring something monumentally terrible happening to steal Can’s heart from Merseyside, the German international is expected to agree to terms and extend his stay at Liverpool.
And maybe there is something to striking while the bicycle kick is hot. Maybe there is something to the mind-altering hysteria of the audacious goal. Whatever it is, it looks to have gotten it’s hooks into Emre, too.
“Emre has watched it on the iPad about 250 times,” Klopp said with a grin.
We all have, Jürgen. We all have. Now, give us more.