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Liverpool have blossomed but former player struggles for minutes after departing Anfield last season – Opinion



Emre Can

Emre Can’s struggles continue as the German is linked to Manchester United

Emre Can might not have been the biggest name at Liverpool during his time here but he certainly gave it his all. The former Bayer Munich star was signed by Brendan Rodgers but we got to see the best of him under Jurgen Klopp.

The midfielder had some astonishing performances for us and was even tried as a centre-back and right-back in certain games. Can played 28 Premier League games during his final season at Anfield, and it was a bit of a surprise seeing him join Juventus on a free transfer.

The surprising element wasn’t Juventus landing a top player for free but the fact that Can had become a key element in our midfield. The German told BBC Sport that Klopp had wished him the best for his new journey, and Juventus’ big project was to land the Champions League.

One year later, Liverpool were the European champions for a sixth time while Can is struggling for minutes in Turin.

The midfielder hasn’t featured for the senior side this season and Calciomercato (h/t Liverpool Echo) reports that Manchester United are one of the clubs interested in him.

That should get our blood boiling but Liverpool have moved on from Can and got an upgrade of sorts. United are far from what they used to be and even if they sign Can, they will be nowhere near our level.

Fabinho joined after our Champions League final heartbreak against Real Madrid, and the Brazilian is one of the best defensive midfielders in the game.

Liverpool blossom while Can wilts

Klopp has a habit of getting the best out of a player, and there is no doubt Can would have improved further at Liverpool. However, his decision to leave for Turin hasn’t been great and the change in management hasn’t helped either.

Maurizio Sarri took over this season and signed two other free agents, Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot. The new faces have added more issues for Can in getting game time while Liverpool are growing from strength to strength.

Emre Can
Emre Can at Juventus

Out of all our midfielders, Fabinho is the one who is irreplaceable at the moment. The Brazilian provides additional protection to our centre-backs but has the eye for a quality pass too.

Can was all about power and running while Fabinho’s game is based on being at the right place and snuffing out any danger with some fantastic challenges.

The Reds’ decision to move quickly for Fabinho was a stroke of genius, and we seem set for more success this season too. It is a little painful to see Can struggle for games as he did a lot for us. However, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

Can might have won the Serie A title last season, but Juventus’ aim for the Champions League goes on. Liverpool have built a great team and are still evolving, and it is difficult to say if the German would get regular starts if he was still here.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson were excellent last season while James Milner always put up an 8/10 performance when on the pitch.

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Football is a game of fine margins but transfers also play a huge part. Can might have forced his way out of the club but in the end, we have come out on top.

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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Paris Saint-German eyeing this Liverpool star as possible replacement for Neymar



Sadio Mane

Paris Saint-German eye Sadio Mane as Neymar replacement

Sadio Mane is being eyed by Paris Saint-Germain should Neymar leave the French giants, according to France Football (h/t Daily Star).

Neymar was close to leaving the club before the start of this season and PSG are keeping their options open should he move in the summer (h/t Daily Star).

Mane has been in excellent form since joining Liverpool. He won the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and has been excellent this season too.

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane celebrates against Southampton (Image credit: Getty)

The Senegal star has 11 goals and four assists this season and is capable of playing anywhere in the attack.

The report claims that a senior figure at PSG likes the Liverpool star and sees him as the perfect replacement for Neymar.

Liverpool can’t allow Mane to leave

The Senegal international has come leaps and bounds since his first season at Anfield. Mane is one of the most durable players in the Premier League too, and we have to keep hold of the 27-year-old.

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah got a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth (Image credit: Getty)

There will always be interest in our top players and Mane is certainly one of them. He carried the goal scoring onus when Salah was struggling in the previous season too.

Jurgen Klopp has done a great job of resting and rotating the players this season.

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Mane didn’t feature in our win over Bournemouth, and that rest could come good as we have a packed schedule in the coming two months.

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Good news for Liverpool as injured star takes part in training ahead of RB Salzburg clash



Jurgen Klopp and Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren takes part in training ahead of RB Salzburg clash

Liverpool were handed a major injury boost ahead of their crunch Champions League clash against RB Salzburg on Tuesday.

Dejan Lovren limped off in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend and had to be replaced. There was a re-jig in the defence with Joe Gomez moving to the centre-back’s role and Trent Alexander-Arnold coming on.

Liverpool would then have just two fit senior centre-backs with Joel Matip also on the injured list. However, the Liverpool Echo reports that Lovren was seen in training on Monday.

Jurgen Klopp and Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren (R) left the field with an injury at the Vitality Stadium (Image credit: Getty)

The Croatian has done a great job alongside Virgil van Dijk this season and it will be interesting to see if he starts in Austria.

Gomez also did a decent job as the right-back on Saturday against the Cherries. But the Englishman has looked a little rusty this season.

Liverpool need to avoid defeat

The Reds just need to draw at Salzburg to ensure their place in the last 16 of the competition.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Jurgen Klopp
Xherdan Shaqiri has struggled for game time this season (Image credit: Getty)

However, the Austrians are in great form and have hotshot, Erling Haaland, on their side too. They troubled us at Anfield and that cannot be ruled out on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp was able to rest a few players before the clash though. Sadio Mane was given a rest while Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino didn’t feature in the Merseyside derby win.

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Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri looked great in the win over Everton, and we need to put out a good side to get the job done tomorrow.

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“That’s why we loaned him” – Klopp backs Liverpool star to succeed at Anfield after sending him away on loan



Harry Wilson

Jurgen Klopp backs Harry Wilson to succeed once winger returns to Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp believes Harry Wilson will be a success at Anfield after his stint with Bournemouth.

The Welsh winger was excellent with Derby in the previous season and narrowly missed out on gaining promotion to the Premier League.

Wilson was part of Liverpool’s pre-season but joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old was slowly brought into Eddie Howe’s team and has become one of their best players this season.

Harry Wilson
Harry Wilson celebrates after scoring for Bournemouth (Image credit: Getty)

Wilson has six goals for the Cherries and has scored some great free-kicks for them too. The Welsh international was unable to play against the Reds in the previous outing, and Klopp highlighted why the winger was sent out on loan.

The German told the Mirror that Wilson has a chance to do well at Anfield too (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Of course he can [succeed at Anfield]. That’s why we loaned him, so he can make the steps.

“It would have been difficult for Harry and I would have loved to have had him here if we had another choice, especially when Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] was injured.”

Klopp also claimed he was happy that Wilson couldn’t feature against the Reds and highlighted his free-kick abilities.

The manager added that Wilson was at the Cherries to improve his all-round game.

Wilson has to take his chance

The Welsh winger has to impress for the remainder of the season if he wants to be part of the Liverpool squad next season.

The Reds can do with quality cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. However, Wilson has to improve his game further.

Harvey Elliott
Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham (Image credit: Getty)

Harvey Elliott is another youngster who has impressed since joining the Reds this season, and it will be interesting to see if the former Fulham winger gets more first-team minutes.

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Wilson has to improve his consistency during the 90 minutes as he is often left out of the game, and hopefully, he does that in the coming months.

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