Liverpool's Emre Can comments on his first full game since May

Manchester United's Ashley Young in action with Liverpool's Emre Can

Can made his first Premier League start of the season against Manchester United.

Liverpool's Emre Can has a shot saved by Manchester United's David De Gea

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can indicated to the club's website that he still has work to do after his first full game for the Reds since the Europa League final in May in last night's 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Anfield.

Can was selected following an injury sustained by Georginio Wijnaldum on international duty and there were indications that the crowd were frustrated with his contribution in the early stages of both halves, although he did force one fine save from David de Gea in the United goal.

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini

He did grow into the game as time passed on, even if there was some adaptation needed with the German playing a little further forward than he became accustomed to towards the end of last season. 

Can told the official Liverpool website: “I was very happy to start. My last 90 minutes was the Europa League final last season, a long time ago.

“I have to get fitness back and get my confidence back. I’m looking forward to that. With game time, I will get there.”

Manchester United's Ashley Young in action with Liverpool's Emre Can

Can had made one start prior to last night's game against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup but injured his ankle, preventing him from making any real impact on the side this season apart from one or two substitute appearances.

For close watchers of Can, they will know that it can take a few games for him to find his rhythm, and he could be in line for another start on Saturday when the Reds take on West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. There appears to be no word yet on how long it is before Wijnaldum is back in contention. 

It will be interesting to see just how long he can retain his place in the side. He feels he needs to build his confidence up again having not played regularly of late, but it looks as though his role in the side for now will be further forward than he was accustomed to last season.

It is also worth pointing out that he still only 22, so building up confidence again is hardly surprising.  

Liverpool's Emre Can and Jordan Henderson talk to referee Anthony Taylor

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