Emre Can believes Liverpool’s win over Manchester City will send shockwaves around Europe, ahead of the resumption of the Champions League next month.
The Reds inflicted a first Premier League defeat on City this season with Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 win at Anfield, although Jurgen Klopp’s side still trail them by 15 points.
Klopp’s side, beaten 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season, proved they can go head-to-head with City and beat the runaway Premier League leaders in a one-off game.
And Can says this bodes well for Liverpool’s prospects in Europe.
“If the teams saw us playing like that, they we will give us a lot of respect and we will take a lot of confidence,” said Can.
“We didn’t have to pick one player out against City. Every single player performed and did an amazing job.
“If teams watch our performance today they will think “oh wow!” and they will see we are a strong side. But this is just one game. It’s just three points and we have to keep going.”
Can is out of contract this summer and said no decision had been made on his future, but admitted talks with Liverpool were ongoing.
“My agent is looking after everything but I’m here until the summer,” said Can. “I haven’t signed anything with anyone. I’m talking with everyone.
“Of course I’m talking with Liverpool. Why not? I still have a contract here. It’s an amazing club. What can I say? My agent does the rest.
“I just concentrate on the scene, on my performance and the football. I will give everything for this team.”
Fellow midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits Liverpool must match Manchester City’s killer instinct if they are to have any chance of competing for the Premier League title.
Eight draws in the Premier League, coupled with two defeats, have undermined Liverpool’s title prospects, with Wijnaldum admitting they must be more consistent like City and kill off opponents when they have the chance.
Asked if the gap should be as wide as it is between the two sides after Liverpool’s win, Wijnaldum said: “That’s the reality and you have to accept it.
“They did it much better in some games. There were some difficult games for them, but they still scored and killed the game. That is something we didn’t do.
“Even on Sunday, we still give them a chance to come back. That’s the biggest thing we have to change if we want to compete with teams like City.
“I don’t want to say the difference isn’t big because they show it every game, and even in the games they didn’t play very well, they won.
“So that’s the step we have to make to compete for the title. The first game against Watford we played well and conceded at the end of the game.
“Burnley, at home, we created chances and didn’t score often. At home, we’ve had games where we didn’t score – you have around six points there already.”