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Liverpool confirm departure of Can and Flanagan


Germany midfielder Emre Can is leaving Liverpool, along with out-of-favour defender Jon Flanagan, the English Premier League club confirmed on Friday.

Both were out of contract this summer.

Can, who joined from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, looks set to join Italian giants Juventus in Serie A.

The 24-year-old played his 167th and final game for Liverpool in last month’s UEFA Champions League final match defeat by Real Madrid of Spain in Kiev.

He has not been included in defending champions Germany’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.

Liverpool have already announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from AS Monaco for a fee British media put at about 40 million pounds ($54 million).

The 25-year-old Flanagan made headlines earlier this year when he was sentenced to a 12-month community order for assaulting his partner.

The Liverpool-born academy graduate made 51 senior appearances for the Merseyside club but his last game was a League Cup defeat to Leicester City in September 2017.

Capped once by England in a friendly international, he spent the end of last season on loan to Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

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