Hoddle believes Can could be key for Liverpool against Man United

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes the potential return of Emre Can could be key for Liverpool during this evening’s big clash with Manchester United.

The Reds host their bitter rivals in a game that could see them go top of the table with a heavy win, and will be confident of getting a result as they enter the tie on the back of four straight Premier League victories.

However, despite the Merseysiders’ fine attacking displays thus far, they have shown frailties defensively, shipping 10 goals in seven games – the highest quantity of any side in the division’s top nine.

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And writing in his Daily Mail column, Hoddle had his say on the situation, claiming that the likely return of Germany international Can could help his team in terms of solidity:

“There have been magical spells this season against Arsenal and Leicester, where they have shown great ability.

“But there have also been a 2-0 defeat at Burnley and a poor first half in the 2-1 win at Swansea.

“Their achilles heel is that after producing 20 minutes of pure football with their intense pressing high up the pitch, the foot can suddenly come off the pedal and they look very vulnerable.

“I do feel they have missed Emre Can sitting in midfield and his return against Manchester United on Monday may help.”

With Georginio Wijnaldum an injury doubt for the Man United game, it’s likely Can will slot into the Liverpool midfield alongside Jordan Henderson and, if passed fit to play, Adam Lallana.

The 24-year-old has only played 41 minutes of league football this season and is yet to start a game outside of the League Cup after returning late for pre-season due to his involvement in Euro 2016.