Following an impressive showing at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships, Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has been tipped to play an increasingly larger role at with the Reds as Brendan Rodgers side look to get themselves back to competing week in, week out with the big boys in the Premier League.
“We didn’t end the last season particularly well, and I think we owe it to the fans to make amends,” he said of last season’s shambolic showing at the Britannia Stadium, mere days before returning to the scene of the crime when the Anfield outfit get their campaign started on Sunday. “This is why the first few matches are especially important. I think we can start to put it right with a few good results.”
Despite adding a number of new players and shaking up his back-room staff with some popular additions, Rodgers will do well to convince that last season’s thumping at the hands of the Potters was nothing more than a one off hiccup. Newly appointed captain Jordan Henderson has called on his charges to use this painful memory as motivation on Sunday, but Can has insisted that he’ll be not only ready for the challenge, but that he’ll be looking to bang in a few goals en route to challenging for the top spot.
“I’m always fully-motivated for every game, and the start of the season especially so. “I hope I can get the goal tally started quickly. I want to stay fit healthy and in form – that’s always the most important goal to set oneself,” he added. “I want to play as often as possible, and to have a good consistent season-long run of games. I’m certainly planning to score a few good goals!” he enthused before hinting that he’s not just interested in getting back into the top four. “I think if we can start well and get a few good results under our belt, we can then keep our focus on each match as it comes, and hopefully compete for the title. We’ll wait and see just how far we can get in terms of a title race.”