Emre Can says Liverpool are targeting a spot in next season’s Champions League, with 15 Premier League games to play this term.
We’re out of the cup competitions, so this is all we have left to play now until the season is over!
Hasn’t that gone quickly..?
At the turn of the year, we were very much in a race for the title, but a miserable run of form in 2017 in which we’ve won one in nine has halted our pursuit.
We did play much better against Chelsea last time out though, and Can is using this as evidence we’ve turned a corner.
“It was a good sign for us,” Can told Sky Sports. “We are still here. You could see that in the game, and see how strong we are. It was a very intense game, with a high tempo.
“We will learn a lot from it and come back stronger,” the midfielder said about our January ‘crisis’.
“It was a tough time when you lose three in a row at home, but we stayed positive. It doesn’t give you a lot if you think too much about previous games.
“Maybe we spoke a little more and had more meetings, but the manager is always positive and wanted to help us in that period. We have to stick together.
“We want to play in the Champions League next year, that has to be our target. We have 15 games to go and we will see from game to game what happens.
“There are a lot of good teams and a lot of games, so a lot can happen. You have to watch from game to game. Top four would be a good season.”
In truth, Can was one of the worst performers during January and many Liverpool fans are expecting him to lose his spot in the starting XI now Sadio Mane has returned from AFCON duty…
Gini Wijnaldam and Adam Lallana should start alongside Jordan Henderson in midfield, with Mane, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino completing the front-three against Hull on Saturday.