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Liverpool midfielder believes Jurgen Klopp's men can finish off Manchester United

SoccerBy Ken Lawrence
Emre Can and Jurgen Klopp celebrate the first-leg win over United
Emre Can and Jurgen Klopp celebrate the first-leg win over United

EMRE CAN has vowed that Liverpool will finish off Louis Van Gaal's wounded troops in style.

The German midfielder is well aware of the dangers of sitting back on the 2-0 lead that makes Liverpool huge favourites to reach the Europa League last eight.

He knows that Manchester United will try to throw everything at him and his teammates on Thursday night.

Can, who has emerged as a crucial figure in Jurgen Klopp's plans since the German took over from Brendan Rodgers five months ago, can see the prize of not only progress to the next round but Champions League salvation being dangled.

He is delighted with the way the challenge of taking on the old enemy was taken on, saying : "We said from the start that we wanted these games with United.

"We wanted the draw and we were very happy that we got it. And we showed that in how we played.

"Things could have been different after we lost to another team from Manchester in the Capital One Cup final.

Can and Marouane Fellaini contest a high ball in the first leg

"But we put that behind us, we welcomed the challenge, and we showed it.

"Now we have to keep going the same way, even if it will be at Old Trafford.

"We have to try and score at least once more against them.

"We cannot defend for 90 minutes against United because that would be asking for trouble and anyway, it is not who we are.

"Our job is to press, to press hard high up the field. It is there we can defend, not in front of our goalkeeper.

"But we have shown we have the capability to do that."

Can, who cost £10million from Bayer Leverkusen, now looks one of the better bits of business conducted by Rodgers during his £295million spending spree over three seasons.

Rodgers used him as a central defender; Klopp plays him as a midfielder with defensive and attacking duties.

His role puts him in the thick of the action – such as his clash with Marouane Fellaini who appeared to elbow him in the 2-0 win.

But the 22-year-old brushes off the incident, more intent on focusing on getting through than getting revenge on the Belgian.

He says: "That incident was just one of those things.

"What is much more important is that we know we can go on and win this tournament.

"We have played a lot of games in it already. We cannot allow that, or the victory over United, to go to waste."