Liverpool scored six past Watford on Sunday and one player that got on the score sheet was German midfielder Emre Can. The 22-year-old continued in the heart of the team in place of Georginio Wijnaldum and after a tough start, got his just rewards, as he headed in Liverpool’s third goal before half-time.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man, who is rated at €44.3 Million by the CIES Football Observatory, has cemented his place in the XI thanks to Wijnaldum’s injury during the last international break and seems to be getting better with each game. This was also his second goal of the season, which was his tally for the entirety of last season.
The 22-year-old’s performances seem to have caught the eye of the Liverpool management and according to the Express; his contract is going to be renewed.
Can’s current contract ends in 2018 but it seems the German wants to spend a few years more at Anfield.
“Yes, the club have spoken to my agent,” Can said. “The talks are going very good.
“I have one-and-a-half years left. I am still under contract and it is my agent’s work [to sort it out]. I am very happy here at Liverpool.”
Title talk is premature
Liverpool have been brilliant in attack this season and sit on top of the Premier League for the first time since May 2014. It is not a surprise that many are tipping the Reds to win their first ever Premier League and with no European football to distract them, it could come true.
Can though is not getting caught in the title talk and isn’t even sure about how the club could win it.
“If you play for a club like Liverpool you have to think always about titles,” Can added.
“The target at such a big club is always to win silverware. Of course we want to win the title but we don’t know if we will win it.
“We want to make history but it comes from hard work, it comes from belief, it comes from confidence.
“There’s a long, long way to go. We have to look not to tomorrow but to today. We can dream. Everybody can dream but you have to see the truth.”
A fearsome attack
While the midfielder seems to be enjoying his role alongside Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, credit must be given to the front three of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. The players have torn most of the opponents to shreds and that has catapulted the Reds to the top of the table.
There still is a long way to go for the league season to end and even Klopp stated that the Reds have a long road to go. But the signs are looking good and if the midfield can dominate the opposition like they did against Crystal Palace and Watford, Liverpool will make it a title chase to remember.
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Twitter reacts to Roberto Firmino turning Wan Bissaka inside out
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is no stranger to the highlight reels. The Brazilian has had conjured numerous moments of magic in a Red shirt that have been part of countless highlight reels.
Early in the second half of the match against Manchester United, the Liverpool striker turned United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissake inside out ending with the defender landing flat on the Anfield turf.
Picking up the ball on the left, Firmino ran at Wan-Bissaka and cut across the defender numerous times completely flatfooted him.
Wan Bissaka is considered by some to be the best defensive right-back in the league and has also been compared by United fans to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Reds faithful would have enjoyed Firmino showing the world that the United defender still has some ways to go before being compared to Liverpool’s wonderkid.
The move coincided with a sustained period of dominance where Liverpool had 7 chances in the opening 9 minutes of the second half.
Virgil van Dijk gave Liverpool the lead in the first half with a towering header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner. Firmino looked to have doubled the Red’s lead only for the goal to be controversially ruled out for a Van Dijk foul on David de Gea.
Giorginio Wijnaldum had the ball in the back of the net after a fine passing move,but the goal was once again ruled out for offside.
Twitter reacts to Firmino’s skill against Wan-Bissaka
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Loan watch: Find out how the young Liverpool starlets are faring
Loan Watch: Find out how the Liverpool loanees fared this week
With the first-team squad setting higher standards with every match, some of Liverpool ‘s promising talents have had to go out on loan to get more playtime to further their development.
We take a look at how these players fared this week
Rhian Brewster (Swansea City)
It was a home debut to remember for Rhian Brewster as the youngster scored his first senior goal in Swansea City’s 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic. (h/t Sky Sports)
Nathan Byrne had given Wigan lead, only for Brewster to bring the Swans level with a clinical finish at the 19th-minute mark.
Swansea ended up winning the game 2-1 courtesy of an Andrew Ayew goal in the second half. It has been a promising start for Brewster at the Liberty Stadium and is hopefully just the start of bigger things to come.
The Swans are currently 6th in the Championship table and look set to at least make the playoffs for Premier League promotion.
Sheyi Ojo (Rangers)
The 22-year-old winger came on as a second-half substitute as Rangers defeated Stranraer 2-0 in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox. The youngster played the last quarter of the game as Steven Gerrard’s side go through to the 5th round where they will face Hamilton Academical.
Ojo has made 22 appearances for Rangers this season and has scored 2 goals. (h/t Whoscored)
Harry Wilson ( Bournemouth)
It was a frustrating night for the Welsh winger as he was sacrificed for Simon Wallis in the 34th minute. The substitution was the consequence of a tactical reshuffle effected by the sending off of Steve Cook.
The night got worse for The Cherries as they lost 1-0 and now find themselves in very real danger of being relegated. Wilson has played 22 times for Bournemouth this season and has scored 6 goals.
Herbie Kane (Hull City)
It was a bad day at the office for Herbie Kane as the midfielder played the full 90 minutes in the Tigers’ 1-0 loss to Derby County.
The defeat leaves Hull 6 points off a playoff berth.
Kamil Grabara (Huddersfield Town)
Grabara played the full 90 minutes as he kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against Brentford. Huddersfield could have really done with a win and are looking at the prospect of back to back relegations if their form does not pick up soon.
Marko Grujic (Hertha Berlin)
Grujic played the full 90 minutes in a 4-0 mauling against Bayern Munich at home. Hertha Berlin were outplayed as the German champions ran riot at the Olympiastadion Berlin.
Grujic has impressed at his loan spell and is likely to be recalled in the summer. Hertha are currently 14th in the Bundesliga table, just 2 points away from the relegation playoffs.
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Loris Karius (Besiktas)
Loris Karius also faced defeat as Besiktas were beaten 2-1 by League leaders Sivasspor in the Turkish Sper Lig. The defeat leaves Besiktas in 7th,10 points off their opponents at the top.
The goalkeeper looked certain to sign for Besiktas in the summer. With Besiktas unable to secure funds for his signature. It is likely that he will now return to Liverpool at the end of the season. (h/t Mirror)
Liverpool star aiming for quick return from injury
Injured winger Xherdan Shaqiri hopes to return to action soon
Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri is aiming for a quick return to action after missing the victory over Manchester United due to injury. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
Injuries have severely limited the Swiss winger to just 9 appearances this season. The latest being a knock that kept him out of the clash against Manchester United. Shaqiri has fine memories of the fixture, having come off the bench to score a brace in the corresponding fixture last season.
The player refused to explicitly state a return date but hopes to be back as quickly as possible.
Shaqiri has expressed his frustration at his persistent injuries. He hopes to put his troubles behind him as the Reds compete for the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup.
Preparing for an Audition?
Shaqiri has found himself reduced to a marginal role even when fit, making some sections question his future at the club.
The player had been linked with a move to Italian giants Roma and AC Milan in the January transfer window. The move seems unlikely after Klopp stated that no first-team players will leave the club in January.
With games coming thick and fast, Klopp needs all the players at his disposal as Liverpool chase domestic and European glory. Shaqiri will hope to play a key role in the club’s success further increasing his stock in the transfer market.
If the Swiss international is to move on next season, he will find no shortage of suitors if he makes a name for himself this season.
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Shaqiri joined Liverpool from Stoke City in 2018. He went on to score a number of important goals as the Reds set a club record points total in the League and also won the UEFA Champions League.