After an endless international break and 17 long fallow days without a Liverpool game to watch, the Reds return on Monday with a bang — welcoming their rivals Manchester United to newly-renovated Anfield. This time after the October break is when the season always kicks into gear, and there’s no more fitting way to kick it off than with this much-anticipated match.
Jürgen Klopp’s squad has a few injury concerns, including Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, and Gini Wijnaldum, but should still be able to yield a strong side. One player who may get a chance to work himself back into the team is Emre Can, Liverpool’s talented midfielder who has yet to regain a spot in the starting set-up after returning from injury, due to the success of the current players.
Speaking to the official site, Can talks about what it means to play against their fierce rivals in his third season with the club. Given their excellent start to the season, as well as the emphatic way in which they eliminated United from the Europa League last season, expectations are high going into this game. However, Can thinks the team has what it takes to overcome Jose Mourinho’s men on Monday.
“It’s a very important game for us. I think you have to forget the games before. Of course, you have to take the confidence from the games, but a derby against Manchester United is always different. We are confident enough to say that we want to win the game and we will give our best to win the game.”
Regarding Manchester United’s huge new signings, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Can is unconcerned.
“We are confident about matching that, we have a very strong squad,” he insisted. “They are both very good players, we know that, but we have bought very good players as well. We are confident enough and we want to win the game.”
Would that we could all be so sure of the result. Liverpool lost both league games to United last season, and it would be nice to settle that score on Monday.