Emre Can talks Hoffenheim and Coutinho

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Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool - UEFA Champions League training session
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Emre Can talked Liverpool’s victory over Hoffenheim post-match and revealed he will support Philippe Coutinho’s decision this summer, even if he leaves.

Emre Can’s competitive football return to Germany was a success as the Reds ran out 2-1 victors over Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying fixture.

The German played the 90 minutes in Liverpool’s midfield, operating in a box-to-box role for much of the match, before dropping deeper once Jordan Henderson had left the field.

Reflecting on the victory, Can said: “We knew it would be a difficult game, a tough game. You could see that today, Hoffenheim are a very strong side that want to play football. I think we did well today and we deserved to win. I think If someone would say before the game that we’d win 2-1, then we’d have taken that.”

Hoffenheim hadn’t lost at home in 15 months until the Reds visited and Can believes that following the manager’s game-plan to a tee was what got them across the line.

“I think we did well what the manager expected from us. We wanted to get the ball to our fast strikers and then they go and I think we did that quite well.

“We had a lot of opportunities to score and defensively we did well, we stayed all together and it was difficult to play against us I think.”

Finally, Can commented on the Philippe Coutinho situation, revealing that it has had no effect on any of the squad.

“It’s no problem for us because nobody in the team speaks about that. Of course, if Philippe stays with us, then everybody will be happy. In my eyes, he’s one of the best players in the world. But if he goes, or if he wants to go, then everybody wishes him all the best and we have to go again.”

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