Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their team’s clash with Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday, what with the Reds going into the encounter off the back of a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their meeting with the Eagles in the Premier League at the weekend having won four of their preceding five league games, albeit they did suffer defeat in their previous away match at Manchester United. And things didn’t look good for the Merseysiders when Luka Milivojevic gave Roy Hodgson’s side a half time lead, only for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to hit back in the second period to seal a 19th league win of the campaign, thus remaining in third following United’s success over Swansea City a few hours later.
Nonetheless, there are many buoyant Liverpudlians in the Tavern ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Pep Guardiola’s City at Anfield, although they may have suffered a potentially huge setback if a recent report from The Times is anything to go by, which suggests that Emre Can is an injury doubt for the game.
The 24-year-old has been a regular for the Reds this season with 37 appearances for the club in all competitions, nine of which coming in the Champions League in their run to the last eight, their first time at that stage since 2009.
However, the Germany international missed Saturday’s win at Selhurst Park due to a back injury, and reports suggest that the midfielder is a ‘doubt’ for the visit of City having yet to resume training.
And this is sure to come as a blow to manager Klopp, who has certainly got the best out of Can since his arrival in 2015, and would be a likely starter for Liverpool against Guardiola’s men on Wednesday.
Landlord’s verdict: There’s little doubting that Emre Can has become a significant and influential player for Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp arrived back in October 2015, but the Reds may have to do without him against Manchester City on Wednesday.
And that’s because reports suggest that the 24-year-old is a doubt for the clash having yet to resume training following a back injury, an injury which kept him out of their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
And after dominating the midfield against the Citizens earlier in the season, this potentially huge setback is sure to come as a blow to manager Klopp ahead of one of their biggest games in many years at Anfield on Wednesday night.
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