Despite a brief moment of frustration in the middle of the game, Liverpool proved to be very comfortable against West Ham at Anfield. Emre Can scored Liverpool’s first goal and did a lot of good in midfield, but at times he was also loose in possession, turning the ball over to West Ham for their only goal of the game.
And indeed, it seems as though the man himself felt similarly about the day’s work.
“I think that we did our job today… we played well and we could’ve scored a few more goals to be honest,” Can told BBC Sport after the full time whistle. He was keen to take full responsibility for the one goal conceded, however, saying that “unfortunately, we conceded a goal from my mistake.”
Sadio Mané was somewhat more forgiving oh his teammate’s day, telling BBC that “every single player can make a mistake.” The fourth goalscorer was positive about the team’s overall performance, adding that “after [West Ham’s] goal we tried to push as a team and I think we did it and score two more goals. I think it was the key today,” giving the impression that this Liverpool side continues to place a lot of importance on continuing to attack when in a leading position, rather than protecting what they have.
Regardless, the win put Liverpool in an increasingly strong position to finish in the top four and even push to get second place behind Manchester City. While it looks unlikely that Emre Can will be around to enjoy the benefits of another year of Champions League football at Anfield, his good work is helping the club get there.