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Emre Can has apologised for his sexist comments of late. Image Courtesy: Getty

German Midfielder Emre Can Apologizes for Sexist Comment

Germany and Juventus midfielder, Emre Can has aplologised for his sexist remarks he had made in reference to defending Cristiano Ronaldo.

While defending Ronaldo, Can passed a controversial comment

It all began when Cristiano Ronaldo was given a shock red card at the 29th minute in his UCL debut for Juventus. However, while defending Ronaldo, midfielder Emre Can said,

UEFA Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo takes a red card against Valencia in the UEFA Champions League. Image Courtesy: Getty

“That’s supposed to be a red!? I just heard that he said it was because of hair pulling. We’re not women; we’re playing football. If you’re giving that as a red card, you can be sent off for any foul. One hundred per cent that is not a red card.”

After Can made such a call, it got termed as an disrespect for women footballers, and the Germany international immediately apologised on his Twitter handle.


“I would like to take a moment to clear the air regarding the comments I made after last night’s game. My response after seeing the video footage of Cristiano’s sending off seemed to have caused some commotion. I would like to state that the comments made were never focused on nor meant to degrade women, women’s football or equality in any form. Everyone who knows me knows about my respect for women, equality and respect.”

“My intention was to stick up for my teammate regarding a wrong decision which could have affected our game. I sincerely apologise if any of the comments I made have caused any harm.”

Meanwhile, it’s yet to be known if Ronaldo will remain suspended for the next two UCL games or the ban will get reduced. If it doesn’t, there will no homecoming for Ronaldo, as he is set to miss the clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Transfer Latest: Fred to Manchester United, Emre Can to Juventus

Of late, Juventus have completed the signing of central midfielder Emre Can. The Germany International opted against an extended stay at English club Liverpool. On the other side in English Premier League (EPL), Manchester United (MU) have completed the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred. He was bought for whopping £52.5 million.

Fred has become fourth most expensive arrival ever at Old Trafford after five years at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Can’s four-year agreement with the Seria A  Champions will pay him €5 million (£4m/$6m) per season.

Moreover, the 24-year-old had long been linked with a move to Juventus as he ran down his terms at Anfield. While other clubs were reported to have shown an interest, the Italian giants were always leading the chase.

Juventus have now got their man. The medical having been completed on Thursday before the penning of a long-term deal. He would primarily play in central and holding midfield roles, though he did play some games at centre-back for the Reds.

Can go on to score 14 goals during his Liverpool career. However, a back injury sustained on March 17 against Watford all but ended Can’s 2017-18 campaign.

Transfer Latest: Fred to Manchester United, Emre Can to Juventus 1

On the other hand, Fred has signed a five-year deal. It includes a club option for an extension of 12 months upon its expiry.

The 25-year-old was eventually a target of Manchester City (MC) until the Premier League champions withdrew their interest in January.

After joining the Reds, the midfielder was quoted as saying by Washpost, “This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team. To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed.”

I cannot wait to get started and to meet my new team-mates. I would like to thank everyone at Shakhtar Donetsk. (And) for (doing) everything they  over the past five years. This is a very exciting time for me with my focus now fully on the World Cup with Brazil,” he added.


Juventus Plan Shock Liverpool Raid, Midfield Maestro Eyed As Potential Target

Juventus are interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

That’s according to reports from Italian outlet La Stampa, which claims that the 22-year-old is a top target for the Bianconeri as manager Massimiliano Allegri wants midfield enforcements.

The German international has impressed in spells at Anfield but has never really established himself in the side. His versatility has counted against him often as he’s been shunted from one position to another without being able to settle into the team consistently with a place of his own.

It would seem premature for the Reds to let him go at this stage, however, especially given the potential he’s shown. It would probably take a very large offer for Jurgen Klopp to even consider losing his versatile midfielder.

Interestingly, according to La Stampa the other name apparently being pursued by the perennial champions is Mohamed Dahoud, who went through a period of being constantly linked to Anfield himself.

Both Dahoud and Can’s contracts expire in 2018, meaning both Liverpool and Borussia Monchengladbach may get a little tetchy if the two Germans haven’t renewed by the end of this season, as they’ll be available on a Bosman in less than 12 months time.

Can was instrumental to Liverpool midfield during Klopp’s debut season, but he’s struggled to progress this term and is probably behind Gini Wijnaldum in the first choice lineup.

At 22 though, there’s plenty of room for improvement and under Klopp’s guidance, he could definitely develop into an elite Premier League central midfielder.

Liverpool have been trying to extend Can’s deal since the summer, but as of yet, have been unsuccessful. With both Liverpool and Juventus after Dahoud though, there could be a situation where Juventus either sign the Bundesliga midfielder and leave Can alone; or move for Can – enabling Liverpool to go for Dahoud.



Double Injury Concerns For Liverpool: Players In Race To Face Everton

Daniel Sturridge and Emre Can are reportedly set to miss Liverpool’s trip to Middlesbrough and they face a race against time to make it to the Merseyside derby.

Everton welcome their arch-rivals to Goodison Park on Monday night, and Jurgen Klopp will want both fit and available for the showdown.

Liverpool need to maintain pace with title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, having picked up one point from games against Bournemouth and West Ham.

And with Philippe Coutinho still sidelined until the end of the year, the Reds need their first-team stars ready as soon as possible.

According to the Liverpool Echo though, striker Sturridge is still not fit having failed to fully recover yet from his calf injury.

The 27-year-old did return to light training on Monday, but tomorrow’s trip to the Riverside will come too soon for him and midfield team-mate Can (knee).

Sturridge’s problem was initially branded minor by Klopp, but the forward has now not featured in the Premier League since November 19, failing to play a part in Liverpool’s last three games.

He is not ready to take part in full training yet, but the hope is he will be named in the squad at Everton in a week’s time.

Injuries have plagued the frontman at Anfield, with Klopp preferring Roberto Firmino as a consistent feature up top.

Slaven Bilic hasn’t denied West Ham’s interest in a January move for Sturridge and regular football could lure the England international away from Merseyside.

Meanwhile, Can has been battling for a place in the team with Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, and the duo are prioritised at present.

Can played the full 90 minutes during the recent 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth but was a surprisingly absentee in Sunday’s game with the Hammers. Just prior to the game, Liverpool revealed through the club’s official Twitter account that Can had suffered a minor knee injury.

Klopp has now given a more in-depth update ahead of a crucial week which will see Liverpool visiting Middlesbrough before the Merseyside derby at Everton, assuring that in the worst case Can will be fit to face the Toffees.

“Emre was a challenge with Divock [Origi] in training, knee on knee. Both trained on and both could do the rest of the training, but Emre had a little bit more pain so we looked a little bit more exactly on it. I never heard about this ligament, but it’s a little bit damaged,” Klopp said in the press conference.

“He’s in doubt for Wednesday, but I think [for] Everton he will be back for sure. It would be cool if he could train tomorrow, we will see. It’s painful, not really more.”




Huge News: Liverpool Midfielder Ready To Commit His Long-Term Future At The Club

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is ready to commit his long-term future to the Reds as he insists he is very happy at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp.

The 23-year old has joined Reds in 2014 and has been 18 months into his contract with him being into his final year of his contract. But the player insists that the negotiations over a new deal are going on and are progressing well.

“Yes, the club has spoken to my agent,” Can said.

“The talks are going very good. I have one-and-a-half years left. I am still under contract and it is my agent’s work (to sort it out).

“I am very happy here at Liverpool.”

The German midfielder joined Liverpool for £9.75million from Bayer Leverkusen and have been one of the most important midfielders for the Reds since his arrival. He has been impressive under Klopp and has regained his form despite suffering an ankle injury that has kept him out of action for a while.

Can has also expressed his disappointment over not getting selected to the national team for the upcoming international friendlies as he is being overlooked by Joachim Low. However, the midfielder is keen to make good performances at Anfield to make his way back to the German national team. Germany will play World Cup qualifier with San Marino on November 11, which is followed by a friendly against Italy four days later.

“Yes, getting back in there is a big motivation for me,” Can continued.

“I don’t know why I’m not in the squad this time. Maybe the manager will call me or send me a message.

“I have to work hard here in the training sessions and in the games and hopefully that will help me get back into the squad.”


Boost for Liverpool as star midfielder set to return for the match against Chelsea

Liverpool have now picked up 7 points from games against the top three placed teams from the previous season after their victories over Leicester City and Arsenal with a draw at the White Hart Lane.

Apart from the blip a the Turf Moor, Liverpool have looked a strong team with loads of goals in them and are ready to give the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United a run for their money in the race to the Premier League title.

The win against Leicester City will give the manager loads of confidence as he missed many of his key players in Emre Can, Phillipe Coutinho, and Loris Karius, all of whom are first team players this season.

While Coutinho and Karius are back in full training Liverpool fans were given some exciting news earlier today.

According to reports, German midfielder Emre Can is back in full training and will travel with the squad to the Stamford Bridge for the Friday night kick-off against Chelsea.

The 22-year old midfielder is the first choice personnel for Klopp in the defensive midfield area, a position that was exploited by teams in the 4 games this season.

The likes of Jordan Henderson were deputized in that position but it is now understood that Can may take his place in the game against the Blues.

The midfielder returned to training with the Liverpool squad late in pre-season after an extended holiday post EURO16, where he went to the semi-final with the national team.

20th September 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Liverpool v Norwich City - Emre Can of Liverpool - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

He was deemed match fit for the League Cup game against Burton Albion where he started brightly only to limp away in the second half after picking up an ankle injury.

He missed the game against Tottenham Hotspur and also played no part in Germany’s World Cup qualifying campaign nursing his injury.

He was back with the squad but was not considered for the Anfield game against the Foxes but has now returned to full training and will be hoping to get some game time under his belt in games to come.

The 22-year old has been a great influence on the squad even in the previous season. He was the scorer of the first goal of the Klopp era at Anfield and will be an important part of the plans for the manager this season.

Liverpool have looked a bit fragile at the back but have managed to outscore two of the 4 opponents they have faced so far this season.

And with Emre Can in, they will only become stronger and will pose a greater challenge to teams around the top half of the table.

It is understood that Can will be closely monitored by a medical staff who will decide if he is fit for Friday after a couple of training sessions but if he makes a comeback, it might see Georginio Wijnaldum, who made a decent start to his Liverpool career, sit out for the game against Chelsea.

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Emre Can could play against Villareal on Thursday
Emre Can could play against Villareal on Thursday

Emre Can could play against Villareal on Thursday

Massive boost for Liverpool as today they got a great news: Emre Can is in contention to play on Thursday, against the La Liga side Villareal in the Europa League Semi-Final second leg.

According to Paul Joyce of Express, Can has made a quick recovery and has also started to train at the Melwood on Monday.

Emre Can is very hopeful about his recovery from the ankle injury, which he hopes, is not that serious. Can will be hopefully back in action for the second leg of Europa League semi-final on this Thursday.

The Liverpool midfielder, Can had to be subbed off in the last few minutes of their match against Dortmund, which was won 4-3 by Liverpool in a spectacular manner. At first, he was doubted to be out for at least a month or so. However after the scan was completed, the midfielder made an exceptionally quick recovery to get back to the side as soon as possible, hopes are high as he could feature in the Europa League semi-final this week.

As per 90min.comPaul Joyce further reports:”The German midfielder joined in training with Jurgen Klopp’s squad on Monday and now has three days to convince the Liverpool manager to plunge him straight back into the starting line-up.
“The midfielder has recovered quicker than expected and his presence will be a major boost for Klopp as he seeks to mastermind another comeback.

“Klopp is confident Liverpool can stage another Anfield fightback and will welcome having Can available on Thursday to boost his midfield options.”

Liverpool players celebrating
Liverpool players celebrating

5 talking points from Liverpool’s impressive victory over Manchester United

Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino helped Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Manchester United in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 on Thursday night.

In what comes as the first European meeting between these two old rivals, Liverpool were the dominant throughout and thoroughly deserved the victory. Sturridge fired the hosts ahead with a 20th-minute penalty, and Firmino doubled the lead in the 73rd minute following an excellent pass from Adam Lallana.

Here we have picked up 5 talking points from the exciting clash between  the two rivals.

Henderson and Emre Can’s excellent partnership

Liverpool dictated this match from the very start to finish, holding 60 per cent of ball possession while topping other key stats like shots on goal (8-1), corners (7-0) and passes completed (407-293), as per uefa.com’s statistics.The hosts have Jordan Henderson and Emre Can to thank for much of that brilliant display, as two of the midfielders managed to keep United completely under control in the middle of the pitch.

But how dominant were Henderson and Can? As Liverpool’s official twitter account stated late in the second half, the two players regained possession 22 times. That’s certainly an amazing stat, and it also sheds some light on why the home side won this match so comfortably.

Henderson especially deserves recognition for displaying a commanding performance despite being booked in just the second minute. He had to walk with a tightrope for the entire game but still gave a robust display in the heart of Liverpool’s formation.

Michael Carrick’s howler

Carrick stepped into the field at half-time as a substitute for Marcus Rashford. After committing such a costly error in the second half, the 34-year-old may be wished he had stayed on the bench rather.

The howler came in the 73rd minute when Jordan Henderson whipped in a perfect cross from the right. Carrick was there in position to clear but surprisingly miskicked the ball straight to Lallana, who then quickly fed Roberto Firmino for a close-range clinical finish.

Before that, the Red Devils were behind only by 1-0 and were very much in the tie despite their poor showing on the night. But this second goal, which resulted directly from Carrick’s error, will now make their task much harder in the second leg which is at Old Trafford.

Carrick was far from the only United player to be criticized, but the costly mistake was particularly damaged his side.

Exceptional De Gea

If David De Gea was not there, Manchester United may have lost this match to Liverpool by four or five goals.

The Spaniard ended with six stunning saves on the night, but it doesn’t tell us the full story. He actually made excellent stops in both halves, denying Philippe Coutinho from point-blank range in the 42nd minute before keeping out a Lallana volley eight minutes after the break.

Although the poor quality of Liverpool’s finishing made De Gea’s job to some extent easier at times, but it’s no stretch to conclude that he kept Manchester United in the tie with a commendable performance.

Louis van Gaal’s tactics again raise questions

For those who have seen Manchester United’s glorious years of the 1990s and 2000s, this current edition obviously doesn’t measure up. Their quality of play under Louis van Gaal has been questioned on several occasions this term, but this performance against Liverpool last night marked a new low.

From the very start, United seemed second-best. Liverpool lived up to the occasion faster to every ball, more incisive with their passing and clearly better than United at every single position, except goalkeeper.

With Morgan Schneiderlin and Fellaini used as holding midfielders, the visitors were not been able to build anything in possession. That was van Gaal’s fault, as was the decision to deploy Rashford, a young inexperienced striker, wide on the right, with full defensive responsibilities. The only player who has had goals in him was posted as a right wingback. Giving a kid in goalscoring form over to defensive duties is rubbish tactics. A complete madness.

At full time, United were well beaten, and the inquest also began. Van Gaal’s tactics were poor, and the team’s performance reflected that. Down 2-0, Manchester United are not out of the tie, but there is no way back on this form.

How much longer can United allow this to continue?

Lallana’s excellent shift

Adam Lallana produced an excellent shift, continuing his progression under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp. His assist in the second half capped a brilliant performance which should boost his confidence ahead of the second leg. The Englishman turned in another fairly complete performance as he poked the ball through for Firmino’s goal and did plenty of works off the ball to press a down under Manchester United from high up the pitch.

Liverpool will be looking for more of the same next week at Old Trafford.