Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp gave an update on Emre Can’s injury, which the midfielder suffered in Tuesday night’s EFL Cup clash at Burton Albion.
Can made his first start of the season at the Pirelli Stadium and was enjoying a fruitful night out for his side as the Reds dominated Burton from start to finish, scoring five goals to no reply.
However, midway through the second half, the German went down unchallenged and in visible pain. Replays suggested that Can over-stretched his foot and Klopp admitted after the match that his ankle may have been affected but expressed some hope that the injury – which saw Can replaced by Kevin Stewart – is not a serious one.
“He had a little pain in his ankle without any touch – I couldn’t see any contact. It was a long leg, then a little bit floppy and then he had pain,” Klopp said, according to Liverpool’s official website.
“But it is not that serious. It’s not that big [of a] pain anymore, but it’s the ankle he had problems with at the end of last season, so he’s a little bit worried.
“Hopefully it’s nothing too serious,” he added.
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Reds fans will, without doubt, share the same hopes with their manager as Can put in an influential performance in a midfield that was deemed by many to be soft after Liverpool’s defeat to Burnley last weekend.
Klopp’s men next travel to North London, where they’ll be looking to make up for that league defeat with a challenge against Tottenham Hotspur. The extent of Can’s injury will surely be revealed between now and then but Kopites can also hang on to the good news that striker Divock Origi – who also limped off last night – only suffered cramp and will be fit to travel to White Hart Lane.