Emre Can has rejected suggestions he fell out with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after being formally unveiled as a Juventus player.

Can played a consistently important role under Klopp and figured in his first-choice team last season before sustaining an injury against Watford in March.

The German, though, refused to accept the club’s contract offers, with his entourage reportedly demanding a release clause, and has now departed for Italian giants Juventus on a free transfer.

A positional dispute, a sense of underappreciation from supporters and a fractious relationship with Klopp have all been suggested as potential reasons for his exit, but Can says he instead pursued a move to the Serie A champions because they share his winning mentality.

“I had problems with Klopp? No, I had no problems with Klopp,” he stressed. I had a very good relationship with him.

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HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Liverpool’s Emre Can celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Huddersfield Town FC and Liverpool FC at the John Smith’s Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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“I know the mentality of this club well, there’s a winning mentality and it’s my mentality, I’m here to win titles.

“I decided to come to Juventus because I think the project here is very big. They have very big aims. I want to be part of the project here.

“I am really happy to be here. I know how Juventus play, I watched a lot of the games last season. One of my biggest idols was Zidane who played here too.”

Liverpool moved quickly to replace the outgoing Can, picking up Fabinho from Monaco for an initial fee of £39million just days after the Champions League Final.

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