Playing in a Champions League final is arguably the biggest match that any footballer can participate in for his club.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told reporters that Emre Can is “desperate” to be involved in Saturday’s showdown against Real Madrid in Kiev, but that has not been welcomed by every fan.
The midfielder has not played since mid-March due to a back injury, and he recently received bad news that he will not be in the Germany squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Can returned to Liverpool training last week, but he is not yet at optimum fitness for the final.
The 24-year-old’s eligibility to compete in the showpiece is not solely dependent on his injury status, according to some fans.
According to The Independent, the midfielder is expected to leave Anfield this summer and join Juventus on a free transfer as his contract expires in a few months’ time.
With that in mind, some supporters are against the idea of Can taking part in the final, while others think that Liverpool need to field their strongest side regardless of questionable loyalties.
If he's fit, we need the best squad available, he doesn't deserve to start, but he could be an option later on if we need the change. I'd rather have a bit of experience there rather than a youngster like Woodburn or Comacho.
— kopite (@stuartclark1892) May 21, 2018
Tell him tough luck we only want committed players😄
— Peter Dickinson (@PD07LFC) May 21, 2018
Get him in the squad if he’s fit. Most important thing is having the strongest 18 we can get to give us the best chance to win. Load of nonsense people not wanting him there.
— Andy (@_lakey_) May 21, 2018
Cannot risk starting
— nameluS (@ElSulemanoLoco) May 22, 2018
Let him run the water bottle and oranges at half time
— Arthur (@amitropo) May 21, 2018
That’s what happens when you start flirting with other clubs. Not getting a look in for National squad either. Bin.
— Channers (@Channers17) May 21, 2018
Bench boost for sure
— jerome devraj (@jd_hokage) May 22, 2018
The lads a glory hunter! Packed his boots up and Liverpool kit months ago to an Italian destination! No interest shown in a very long time, now he’s desperate to play! Absolutely hilarious, the lads no shame! Klopp will decide and we’ll accept his decision #LFC #UCLFinal #LIVRMD
— G Dog (@GHL72) May 22, 2018
Screw him. He’s seeking his fortune elsewhere so be gone. On the bench as a unused substitute at best. But don’t give him the honor of playing for us again if he’s not committed.
— The Blue Bear 997 (@thebluebear997) May 21, 2018
Hope he's is ready if someone got injured.
— Gamal (@JMnashty) May 21, 2018
I'm sure Lallana is too, but both are good options off the bench if needed #YNWA
— Sanjiv Hayre (@SanjivHayre) May 21, 2018