Emre Can defends Marouane Fellaini despite elbow in Liverpool’s victory over Man Utd

on 11.03.2016


Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has played down the apparent elbow from Marouane Fellaini which could get the Manchester United midfielder banned for next week's Europa League second leg.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, March 10, 2016: Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates after the 2-0 victory over Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Television cameras picked up the Belgium international seemingly swinging a forearm into his German opponent's neck in the final moments of the Reds' 2-0 first-leg victory at Anfield.

The incident was missed by card-happy Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo, whose six bookings in the game took his tally to 80 yellow cards and six reds in his 13 European matches, but Fellaini could yet be punished retrospectively by UEFA.

"It was just a small fight. It was okay. It was not a boxing ring punch," said Can.

"Fellaini is a fair sportsman. He touched my throat with his elbow but it is okay."

Liverpool's two-goal advantage did not accurately reflect the match itself. Had it not been for goalkeeper David De Gea's performance, United could easily have been 4-0 down at half-time and he made more saves after the break to give his side a glimmer of hope for Old Trafford.


Play was dominated by Liverpool, apart from a 15-minute spell just after half-time when the visitors changed their formation with a switch to a back three in order to enable them to establish a foothold in midfield.

But De Gea's heroics means next week's second leg is still alive.

"De Gea is a very good goalkeeper but we created chances, played well and scored two goals," added Can. "It was incredible, a very good score for the second leg and we have to keep going like that.

"The team played very well and the second half was sometimes not what we wanted to do as we didn't press too well, but we have to play like in the first half again.

"We know we have to keep going, nothing is done and we have to keep it up."


The match was another significant stepping stone in Can's development. He is blossoming into a highly competent midfielder under manager and compatriot Jurgen Klopp, having spent much of his first season at the club playing in defence under predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

"I had a few mistakes and I have to play better sometimes but I have developed under Klopp. I have a lot of confidence," Can said.

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31 COMMENTS

      • My point is, he answered that question perfectly, there was no need for him to make a mountain out of it, as most other players would do.

    • Read the article again, it is obvious he has directly been asked a question specifically on the Fellani incident.

      • My point is, he answered it perfectly, and didn’t implied for any punishment for the player, the authority will deal with it.

  1. Nothing to see here UEFA… leave the poor fuzzy head alone… he is an honest guy didn’t mean any harm… Can actually fell into him. So he should be allowed play next week (snigger…)

  2. A fantastic night again by the fans as the 12th man well done as for the team performance certainly and all round wonderful performance a great win and result to take to old triiffid next thurs mancs will need st patricks snakes to try slither thier way out of this one…lol.. if reds play like they did last night….itll take a century at least b4 mancs come troubling us the klopps maruders again well done klopps boys ynwa

  3. If the shoe was on the other foot the whole United team would be calling for a ban, so I hope Uefa act accordingly 3 game ban at least.

  4. Emre should watch the replay, it was stomp on foot then push with the arm. Nasty cynical bit of thuggery to gain advantage.

  5. It makes sense. Can is going to be a class dm so he needs all the dirty moves he can get. This is not about fellaini, it’s about dirty moveees :D

  6. Emre you say it wasn’t a boxing ring punch but you went down like you were hit by Mike Tysoe and I say that as a Liverpool fan.

  7. I am, personally, glad Fellaini wasn’t sent off during the first leg. He is obviously United’s dirtiest player and keeping him in for the second leg increases the chances of United going down to 10 men, and they play worse during the time he’s on the pitch. It’s in our best interests to keep him in the team, so that he can be sent off.

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