Jordan Henderson blasts Emre Can's harsh Liverpool red card

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The England international has stated that the German's red card was harsh and that the German’s suspension will be a blow.

Liverpool’s top-four ambitions took a massive blow yesterday as Brendan Rodgers’ men slumped to a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Merseysiders knew that they needed to win in North London to stand any chance to reducing the deficit, but back-to-back defeats have now derailed Liverpool’s season.

The visitors’ woes were worsened in the closing moments of the game, with the Anfield side reduced to ten men.

Emre Can was sent off in the second half for a second bookable offence, with the German star penalised for a clumsy challenge on Gunners substitute Danny Welbeck.

However, Reds captain Jordan Henderson has stated that the decision was slightly harsh and claimed that Can slipped into the tackle.

“I thought it was a little harsh,” Henderson is quoted as saying by the BBC.

“I felt he just tried to press him, slipped and went into the player. It is a blow that he is now suspended.”

Can has been a star man for the Reds this season, with Rodgers turning the midfielder into a central defender, with excellent results.

The former Bayern Munich youth graduate will now have to sit out upcoming Premier League games, with Liverpool knowing that even if they win all their remaining games they are likely to miss out on qualifying for the Champions League.

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