Yesterday, Liverpool’s official website shared photos from training and Emre Can was not among those to appear.
It’s hardly an official source of information, but the fact that there are no photos of Can training could suggest that Liverpool’s German destroyer isn’t fit enough to partake. Knowing Jurgen Klopp, if Can isn’t fit enough to train midweek, then he is unlikely enough to gain the required levels of fitness to play on matchday.
Can is an extremely important part in Liverpool’s midfield as he is the closest thing, bar Lucas Leiva, that the club has to a holding midfielder. His range of passing is very impressive, but what is more so is his ability to break up play and recycle the ball seamlessly.
In Can’s absence, Lucas may be given the go ahead after returning from injury himself. When Klopp first took over at Liverpool, the Brazilian midfielder was one of the club’s top performers in a dynamic midfield role that gave him more freedom than he’d had since his days as a deep-lying playmaker at Gremio.
The Brazilian told the club’s official website that he is ready to go.
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“I’m 100 per cent I would say,” the 29-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com when quizzed about his fitness levels.
“I didn’t miss much, to be honest – I was only out for three-and-a-half weeks. I did a lot of training after that, played 45 minutes for the U23s and was on the bench the last game [at Tottenham]. I’m ready to go.
“As I said, I have two weeks to work more and be ready. I would say I’m now ready to play 90 minutes.”
“It [the international break] gives you a lot of sessions – especially now we’re doing a few doubles as well, so it puts you in a good place in terms of fitness,” he said.
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