Emre Can believes finishing in the top four is now in Liverpool’s hands – and that they should show “how good they are” more often.
The Liverpool star agrees Liverpool have had their ups and downs this season, but ultimately believes the position they finish in is completely in their hands.
Can also discussed how he feels he has changed as a player since arriving at Anfield.
The German international also pointed out he has had a difficult few weeks, but feels much improved – and believes this is now clear when it comes to his performances on the pitch.
“I think everybody knows how good we are but we have to show it more often and we have to show it in every game, every week and unfortunately, we couldn’t do that this season,” he told Soccer Saturday.
“That’s a good question, I don’t think anyone knows [why Liverpool haven’t performed as well against lower league opposition]. You have to go into every game with the same mentality and maybe we didn’t do that, I don’t know.
“Maybe we didn’t do those two or three extra steps and that’s why we didn’t win those games but like games against Bournemouth. We could’ve won that game, it was in our hands and then we conceded a goal when we could have cleared the ball three or four times before.”
“For me, this season was a little bit difficult but the last few weeks, I feel better and I think you can see that on the pitch,” he added.
“I have struggled with a few injuries, I had calf problems that was a little bit more than everybody thought but I continue to play and as long as the manager wants me to, I want to as well. I am feeling very well. I’m at the top of my fitness in the games and I feel strong again.
“I was a teenager when I got to Liverpool and now, I am growing into a man. Of course, I had to change my style of football because here in England, you are playing more physically, everything is quicker here and I had to learn that.
“I think I did just well, I know I have a lot of improvements I can make but I would say I am happy with the three years.”
Up next for Jurgen Klopp’s men is a game against Stoke, a fixture that Can knows will be difficult.
“It’s never easy to play at Stoke. It will be a very tough game and I think we have to be at our best and have to give our best to try and win the game,” he said.