By Dominic Toner
Liverpool supporters are concerned on Twitter after speculation emerged that Emre Can has picked up an injury.
Squawka News reported that Can could be absent for the opening Premier League clash against Arsenal after suffering a dead leg during training.
The English heavyweights go head to head at the Emirates Stadium and Liverpool fans are worried that the German could miss out on the Reds’ opening match.
Here are a selection of messages on Twitter:
Emre can big miss today ???
— Akash (@_AkashVP) August 14, 2016
A big blow for us today is not having Emre Can. Was really looking forward to seeing him play again.
— SG (@__Gerrard8__) August 14, 2016
If Emre Can is out I think we’ll struggle in the middle. #LFC
— Ryan Dent (@RyanDent1) August 14, 2016
Emre Can injured? Cancelling my 3-1 prediction.
— Olli Emmerson (@Oliver_Emmerson) August 14, 2016
Emre Can better be playing ffs.
— Garth (@GarthHastings23) August 14, 2016
Big blow not having Emre Can for today as he’s the only player in the squad we don’t have a direct alternative to. Have to change the role
— Liam Houghton (@LiamHoughton128) August 14, 2016
So Emre Can is injured too? Good to see we have a brilliant cover for him. Oh, wait… #LFC
— Jussi Nyström (@JussiNystrom) August 14, 2016
Jurgen Klopp has been active in the transfer window and could hand new signings Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum their Liverpool debuts, but Can looks set to miss out in the fixture.
Liverpool could deploy a three man midfield with Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson in the absence of Can.
First team options Lucas Leiva, Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho will miss out through injury, while the management will make late decisions on Daniel Sturridge (hip) and Milner (foot).
Liverpool played out two draws with the Gunners last season as the clubs could not be separated in their two league meetings.
The Merseyside club have only won one of their last 10 matches against Arsenal and the manager Klopp will be aiming to overturn that record.
Can, 22, has made 89 appearances for the Merseyside club since joining from German outfit Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, and is expected to play a crucial role for Liverpool this season.
In other Liverpool team news, Stan Collymore has predicted the outcome of Liverpool’s Premier League opener.