Emre Can: Liverpool won’t be thinking about Palace defeat
Emre Can wants Liverpool to prove a point at Selhurst Park on Saturday
Emre Can has played down the significance of November’s Premier League loss at Selhurst Park ahead of the FA Cup fifth-round clash against Crystal Palace.
The Eagles, who have appointed Alan Pardew as their manager since beating the Reds, are unbeaten in their last six home games against Liverpool in all competitions.
However, Brendan Rodgers’ side have suffered just one defeat in 15 games since December, getting their top-four bid back on track and easing into the last 16 of the FA Cup.
Can has played a big part in Liverpool’s impressive form, and the Germany Under-21 international underlined that the Reds are vastly improved since the league loss in south-east London.
“We definitely won’t be thinking about that. We’ve just got to think about the game and go on and try to win it, rather than think about anything that’s happened in the past. We want to win and go through,” Can told Liverpool’s website.
“I think when we lost 3-1 at Crystal Palace we were on a bad run. We weren’t on form and we were at a development stage. Now it is completely different – we are playing in a different way with a different line-up.
“Perhaps it wasn’t our day, but the way we played wasn’t quite right. Now it is completely different. That’s how we want to show ourselves on Saturday.
“We want to go there and win. It is a cup game and we will give 100 per cent to try to win it and go through to the next round.”
Can have been ever-present in the Liverpool starting line-up after he was drafted into the back three alongside Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho.
However, the 21-year-old could feature in midfield against Palace due to the absence of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who has a hamstring injury.