By Richard Parks
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is a doubt for the Champions League showdown against Manchester City next week after missing training today (Thursday).
The German 24-year-old did not join his senior teammates at the club’s Melwood headquarters as they stepped up preparations for Saturday lunchtime’s televised clash against Crystal Palace.
Merseyside correspondent Neil Jones, who covers the club for Goal, reported on his personal Twitter account that Can’s absence rules him out of the trip to Selhurst Park.
No sign of Emre Can in Melwood pics today so think we can probably rule him out of Palace. Robertson trained, and Curtis Jones was with the seniors once again. #LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) March 29, 2018
Can sat out Germany’s 1-1 draw with Spain last Friday and was then released by Joachim Low after he was deemed unfit for their friendly against Brazil on Tuesday.
The midfielder is still hampered by the back problem which he suffered in the win over Watford prior to the international break.
Football Insider verdict:
Can is in a race against time to be fit for the City clash at Anfield next Wednesday, which is the biggest match of the season for both clubs. Manager Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to have the key man available after his performances in a number of marquee fixtures in this campaign. Can’s energy and technical quality make him a likely starter in Klopp’s strongest possible team, as he offers a consistent level of performance that the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum cannot match. The German has antagonised some fans with his contract stalemate, but the team are better with him in than without.
In other Liverpool news, the club are to table a mega goal machine offer, he will certainly be at Anfield in 18/19.