In his time at Liverpool Football Club, we’ve seen Emre Can develop into a talented midfielder, with a knack for stepping up in big games. It was perhaps all the more disappointing that he did not rise to the occasion during Saturday’s defeat to Manchester United.
Emre Can, apparently, is disappointed as well.
“We wanted more” Can told the club’s official website, “It was very important for second place as well. That’s why it feels [even] more disappointing.
“But we still have the chance to be second in the table, we have a lot of matches. Now we have to see what happens from game to game – we’ll try to win ours and see where we are at the end of the season.”
Can was also quick to take his share of the responsibility, and to defend the mistakes of his young teammate, Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“It was not a mistake from Trent, it was a mistake from the whole team,” Can explained.
“It can happen. It was not just Trent, it was me and it was a few more players. You don’t have to criticise him for the goals or anything else; it was the team. We play as a team – we win as a team and we lose as a team.”
It is this kind of on and off the pitch leadership that Liverpool will miss if Can leaves this summer, as expected. And it is the exact kind of statement you would expect coming from the words of Jurgen Klopp himself.
Hopefully this result was just a one-off, and Liverpool can truly push on the rest of the way in.