Liverpool team news: Star midfielder rues setback which has seen him lose first team place

Emre Can, Liverpool

Liverpool star Emre Can has admitted that he has found watching the action from the sidelines tough, according to the Guardian.

The 22-year-old suffered an ankle injury during the Reds win over Burton in the League Cup earlier this month. Liverpool have thrived in his enforced absence, recording wins over Chelsea and Leicester City.

Can returned to full-training this week but started on the bench during Liverpool’s league cup win over Derby on Tuesday. The Germany international has however confirmed that he has recovered from his injury and will work hard to regain match fitness.

“It’s not easy but I have to be patient. I try to train hard and if I get game time then I try to play well and then we will see what happens,” Can was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“I am happy to be back and now I have to get my fitness back and then I am looking forward to the season. Of course it was not a good time for me.

“It was difficult because I came back late to pre-season and I was not fit for the start of the season and then I got the injury and then it was difficult for me. Now I am back I want to stay healthy and get my fitness back.”

Liverpool take on the newly promoted Hull City this weekend knowing a win could propel them into second place.

The Reds have scored nine goals in their last three fixtures while only conceding two goals. With the midfield trio of, Jordan Henderson, Wijnaldum and Lallana working so well of late, Can may struggle to regain his starting place in the near future.