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Potentially big setback emerges for Liverpool ahead of Champions League final

Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern will be having mixed emotions at the moment as their place in next season’s Champions League could be under-fire.

The Reds are in the final, where they will meet Real Madrid – however, they could be knocked out of the top-four in the Premier League if they fail to get a point against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, and Chelsea win their fixture with Newcastle United.

Many of the locals will be more focused on the Champions League final itself though, with a number of them hoping they can pull off a huge result – however, it is being claimed that they may have to do it without one of their key players.

And that’s because, according to a report in The Daily Mail, Emre Can remains a huge doubt for the fixture, as he continues to suffer from an ongoing back problem which needs further analysis.

It is believed he will need to stay in Germany for another week, giving him just two weeks to prove his fitness to Jurgen Klopp to be selected for the clash in Kiev.

And this setback is sure to come as bad news to our resident Liverpool fans, as with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain definitely out of the final later this month, they could have done with Can’s presence in the midfield against the defending champions.

However, it looks increasingly unlikely that the Germany international will be fit for the showpiece on May 26.

Landlord’s Verdict: The Liverpool fans will want someone of Can’s ability to be available for a game as big as the Champions League final, although he may have already played his last match for the Reds.

The midfielder’s contract is up in the summer and he has failed to agree to a new deal, with a move to Juventus seemingly more likely at this moment.

The locals will feel that they can continue to play without him, having had to since the middle of March – however, a number of the punters would like to see him remain at Anfield in the future as he has been influential for them in a number of matches over the last few years.

Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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