After Liverpool defeated NK Maribor 3-0 at home in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, Emre Can is feeling confident about the Reds progressing to the knockout stages of the tournament.

Wednesday’s win over Maribor means that the Reds are one point clear of Sevilla in Group E with two games remaining – one of which is away to the Spanish outfit.

Although there was a lack of cutting edge play to the way Liverpool went about their business in the first half, Jürgen Klopp will be pleased with the way his players performed. It is, of course, a vast improvement to the way the Merseyside outfit performed at Wembley against Tottenham.

Can is well pleased with Liverpool’s performance as well as his goal which helped the Reds on their way to victory.

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Speaking after the match, the German midfielder said, “It was difficult – they were very deep, but second half we controlled the game, we had to be patient and we were.

“We had to be patient, we did it well – first half it was difficult – the key was the first goal.

“Against teams who defend deep we have improved, if you compare us to last year, there is improvement.”

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On his goal for the club Can continued, “I am happy that I could help the team, it was another good ball from Milly, it was a shot on target and it went in, I am happy.

“I am very happy but the most important thing is we won the game. I want to score but my job is to help the team in midfield.”

Not only was Can happy with his and Liverpool’s performance but the German midfielder is optimistic about the Reds progressing to the next stage of the tournament given their position in their group.

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On Liverpool, he said, “There is still a lot of time left this season, we are in a good position in the Champions League, we want to win our next games.

“We are in a very good position – the next two games will be very tough – we want to play in this tournament next year.”

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Michael Mongie

Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as ‘Best New Football Blog’ in the Football Blogging Awards.

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