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Monday 22 May 2017

A Can-do attitude

Liverpool’s Emre Can
Liverpool’s Emre Can

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is targeting maximum points from their remaining matches to secure Champions League football but admits a helping hand from some of their top-four rivals would not go amiss.

Defeat at home to Crystal Palace - as a result of "stupid" defending according to the German international - dealt a significant blow to the Reds' aspirations of returning to Europe's elite club competition as it opened the door for both Manchester United and Arsenal, with matches in hand, to catch them.

But with both chasing clubs facing away derbies this week Can admits Manchester City, currently one place below Liverpool in fourth, and second-placed Tottenham could do them huge favours.

"We can be disappointed after the game but from Monday we have to look forward," Can said.

"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."

Asked what result he wanted from Thursday's Manchester derby, Can added: "Is a City win the better result (for Liverpool)? Then I am for City."

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