Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can came off of the bench to make just his fourth Champions League appearance of the season for Juventus in their 2-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, and Reds fans were quick to react on Twitter.
The Germany international left the Merseyside outfit, whom he played 167 times for, to sign for the Serie A giants last summer following the expiry of his contract at Anfield, and his outing in Spain was his 24th in all competitions for Juve so far this term.
When the 25-year-old entered the field as a 72nd minute substitute in the first leg of the last 16 Champions League tie in the Spanish capital the scoreline was 0-0, but late goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin ensured the hosts hold a strong advantage ahead of the return fixture in Turin next month.
Liverpool supporters took to social media to have their say on the latest setback for their ex-star who is finding consistent starts hard to come by, and while one said he “should have stayed”, another said the “grass isn’t always greener”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Imagine having kept Emre Can and not had Fabinho…. #LFC
— Ben Rogers (@eviemae239) February 21, 2019
Bet there's still not a hair out of place – so he'll think it a good performance.
— Rob Whitby (@RobertWhitby) February 20, 2019
Rolls Royce of a player. A 1970s one with no wheels and a family of sparrows living in the engine.
— Paul Tasker (@taskerpaul) February 20, 2019
Can played a key role in where we are right now. Always gave his all ij lfc shirt till the last day. Had a chance of being a favourite but believed in his own hype. Was better placed under klopps stewardship
— wazeem (@jimmawaz) February 20, 2019
so basically he’s been found out & regretting moving etc etc etc?
— neil warne (@neil_warne) February 20, 2019
Klopp was turning him into a good defensive midfielder should have stayed and developed more
— Darren Mountain (@DJDAZZA84) February 20, 2019
what was he doing for their 2nd? Ball bouncing around the box and he’s just meandering up the pitch.
— A Brit In TN (@ABritInTN) February 20, 2019
Is Jurgen Klopp a “serial bottler”? The fan in the video below certainly thinks so…
Grass isn’t always greener
— Nicola McNally (@mcnally1892) February 21, 2019
— Alberto Solís (@albsolrev) February 20, 2019
I see Emre Can is playing the same position he did at #LFC…bench.
— El Eff Cee (@Liv4pool) February 20, 2019
— matty clark (@mattyclark10) February 20, 2019
Gotta thank Emre, if he didn’t leave, Gini wouldn’t have had the run of games to turn into the monster player he is know.. thanks again Can oh BTW you’ll be behind Ramsey too in the pecking order next season!
— Omar (@jonnyohms) February 20, 2019