Liverpool star Emre Can: 'We owe fans after Stoke mauling last time out'
Emre Can says Liverpool owe it to their supporters to banish painful memories when they travel to Stoke on Sunday.
The Reds will start the new Premier League season where they finished the last one - at the Brittania Stadium this Sunday. Thoughts of their 6-1 thrashing back in May remain fresh in most fans' - and players' - minds.
The likes of Martin Skrtel and Jordan Henderson have already spoken about using that experience in a positive manner this weekend, and Can has echoed those sentiments, stating that it is important to give supporters something to cheer about at the start of the new campaign.
The German midfielder said: "We didn't end the last season particularly well, and I think we owe it to the fans to make amends.
"This is why the first few matches are especially important. I think we can start to put it right with a few good results."
On a personal level, Can's aim is simply to establish himself as a regular in Brendan Rodgers' first team. The 21-year-old is still working his way back to full fitness after a late return to pre-season, but having showed promise last term as an auxiliary defender, he is now seeking to nail down a midfield spot - and hopes to add a few goals to his game too.
"I'm always fully-motivated for every game, and the start of the season especially so," he said.
"I hope I can get the goal tally started quickly.
"I want to stay fit healthy and in form - that's always the most important goal to set oneself. I want to play as often as possible, and to have a good consistent season-long run of games.
"I'm certainly planning to score a few good goals!"
Can added: "We've a very very strong team, with a lot of good-quality players, who work together well as a team."