Emre Can delivers warning to Liverpool top-four rivals
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can has claimed that his side ‘are back’ after their 3-1 win over derby rivals Everton.
Sadio Mane, Phillipe Coutinho and Divock Origi all netted for the Reds as they won the 228th Merseyside derby.
Youngster Matthew Pennington netted for the Blues, but it was not enough to claim Everton’s first win at Anfield since 1999.
Liverpool’s win means Jurgen Klopp’s side have won 10 points from 12 having beaten Burnley and Arsenal and drawn with Manchester City in previous weeks.
The result consolidates their top-four position and they now sit third in the Premier League – six points clear of Manchester United in fifth.
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Can, who played the full 90 minutes in the derby, said in the Mail Online after the game:
“In December, January and February was not our best football but now we are back, we did it in the last couple of games.
“[Top four] has not been secured – but it is our target to play in the Champions League.”
Following Jordan Henderson’s injury Can has really come to the fore for the Reds and he made his 32nd league and cup appearance of the season against Everton.
The 23-year-old has netted four goals this term, and also featured for Germany against England in the recent friendly between the sides.
Klopp will be hoping that Can’s words ring true and their side does finish in the top four and earn the Champions League football that the Anfield crowd so desire.
In other Liverpool news, Georginio Wijnaldum posts passionate message on Twitter after derby win.