STEVEN GERRARD has let slip that Emre Can is leaving Liverpool.
Contract rebel Emre Can has attracted interest from Juventus and was expected to leave the club.
But Liverpool were still thought to be hopeful of convincing the 20-cap German international to sign a new deal.
Reds under-18 coach Gerrard suggested to TV viewers that Can has already made his mind up and is ready to call time on his Anfield career.
When asked about Reds' midfield in his role as a BT Sport pundit, the club's former skipper said: "You have to wait to see what's going to happen because Emre Can is leaving and (Naby) Keita is coming in as a number eight."
Boss Jurgen Klopp recently admitted: "Sometimes a player just wants to sit out his contract.
"That's not cool for the club but there are moments in which you have to accept it."
Can, 24, has been a regular in Liverpool's midfield recently but missed the first leg of the last-16 Champions League clash with Porto through suspension.
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Klopp has even handed Can the captaincy on various occasions this season in the hope that his recognition as a senior player will coax him into staying.
He now appears set to leave for Juve in the summer, with Guinea international midfielder Keita coming in from RB Leipzig.