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Fellaini could be banned for the second-leg.

Emre Can plays down apparent elbow from Marouane Fellaini

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There were so many talking points during Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Manchester United.

It was the first meeting between the two sides in a European competition so it was always going to be a special occasion.

The atmosphere was electric from both sets of fans and it was a pulsating encounter between the two giants of English football.

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A controversial penalty, an insipid performance from United resulting in a 2-0 defeat and sickening chants from the travelling fans all hit the headlines this morning.

But another talking point was an elbow from United’s Marouane Fellaini on Emre Can in the closing stages of the match that went unpunished.

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The Belgian has previous of being embroiled in off the ball incidents like we saw last night and could face retrospective action from UEFA after Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo missed the clash.

Watch the clash here:

Can's response

However, the victim, Can, has surprisingly played down the bust-up, claiming that there wasn’t anything in it.

“It was just a small fight,” Can told reporters, as per the Liverpool Echo.

“Fellaini is a fair sportsman. He touched my head a bit with his elbow but that's okay. It's not a problem.”

It’s very honest statement from the Liverpool midfielder but it may not save Fellaini from a ban.

Howard Webb's view

Former referee Howard Webb was in no doubt of the seriousness of the incident and believes that the former Everton man could be in big trouble.

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"If the referees had seen that, it would have been a red card for sure," the former Premier League and World Cup referee told BT Sport.

"UEFA might want to look at that as well, it was clearly an act of violent conduct, none of the six officials saw it on the day."

Klopp is coy

Jurgen Klopp refused to give an opinion on the coming together but admitted he saw the elbow.

Liverpool v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: First Leg

'There is nothing that I should say about the elbow but I saw it," said Klopp. "I am not the referee – you can write what you want but without anything from my side."

Fellaini could miss the second-leg at Old Trafford next week if UEFA do decide to ban the 28-year-old for his part in the clash.

Liverpool v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: First Leg

His side face a tough task to overturn the 2-0 defeat they suffered on Merseyside on Thursday. A first-half Daniel Sturridge penalty was followed up with a Roberto Firmino strike in the 73rd minute meaning Liverpool have one foot in the quarter-finals.

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Manchester United
Premier League
Europa League
Liverpool
Wayne Rooney
Marouane Fellaini
Football
Emre Can
Steven Gerrard

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