June 8, 2018 / 5:10 PM / 15 days ago

Liverpool confirm departure of Can and Flanagan

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

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League Final - Real Madrid v Liverpool - NSC Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine - May 26, 2018 Liverpool's Emre Can retrieves the ball after Real Madrid's Gareth Bale scores their third goal REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Both were out of contract this summer.

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

The 24-year-old played his 167th and final game for Liverpool in last month’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid and has not been included in champions Germany’s World Cup squad.

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

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool vs Leicester City - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - December 30, 2017 Liverpool's Jon Flanagan on the bench before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

Flanagan, 25, 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.

($1 = 0.7462 pounds)

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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