Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool need to be “as attractive as possible” to persuade midfielder Emre Can to stay at Anfield.
Can could leave for nothing at the end of the season, with the German international’s current contract due to expire next summer.
The likes of Juventus and Manchester City have both been linked with a move for Can – who could agree a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club from January.
But Klopp wants to keep hold of the 23-year-old and believes Liverpool’s chances will improve if they demonstrate sufficient progress on the pitch.
“I said he could still sign a contract in May. We want to keep him. We have to be as attractive as possible as a club,” said Klopp.
Can’s team-mate Daniel Sturridge has also been linked with a move away from Liverpool after reports this week that the 28-year-old could depart in January.
But Klopp was far more cautious over being drawn on the England international’s future.
“There’s nothing to say here about it. You can’t expect an answer. It’s normal he wants to play more,” added Klopp.