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Can brands Liverpool ‘stupid’ for risking Champions’ League hopes in Palace defeat

Date Posted,April 23, 2017

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.

Jurgen Klopp attempts to lift his players following a shock home defeat (Photo: Andrew Powell)

“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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