Emre Can has branded Liverpool “stupid” for jeopardising their Champions’ League hopes.
But the German midfielder is adamant his team can atone for their dismal error against Crystal Palace that has blown the top four race wide open, with a perfect end to their campaign.
And that, the midfielder insisted, will still deliver a place at Europe’s high table next season, despite their slip up that means they are now reliant on one of the two Manchester clubs slipping up to guarantee a place in the top four.
“It was stupid from us,” Can said of the Anfield defeat by Palace. “But we have got to go again and it is still in our hands. If we win the last four games, we will reach the Champions League. That has to be the target. It has to be.”
Can was almost disbelieving as he looked back on the collapse against Palace, eve after Liverpool took a first half lead and seemed in total control of the game.
Again, their inadequacies against set pieces were exposed, with opposition boss Sam Allardyce taunting that the Reds as “pretty weak on corners”. And the Germany international admitted it was horrific after they had worked so hard in the week to prevent such calamity.
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Jurgen Klopp speaks after Crystal Palace defeat
“We should have won this game. Again it was a set piece. We had worked on them in training, we had trained very well. All the set pieces in training we had done very well.
“But again we concede a goal after a set piece. It was stupid. We are frustrated, disappointed. It is always the same. We controlled the game, I think we didn’t play too bad but then we conceded two goals from two chances…. It’s very disappointing.”
Can though, issued a rallying cry to his team-mates, by telling then bluntly there is no time to sulk and lick their wounds after another set back in a roller coaster season.
“Some of the other top teams will play against each other and we will give it our best,” he said.
“The next game is Watford and we want to win there and we will see what happens. We have to go again. We have to fight for our target.”
He also admitted he’ll be rooting for City in the Manchester derby on Thursday…but only after someone pointed out a United defeat would help the Reds cause the most.
Is that the better result? A City win? Then I am for City! One of the top teams will drop points and that is a good thing. We have to be there