Emre Can has saluted the impact Liverpool fans had during the incredible comeback win over Borussia Dortmund midweek, insisting it was the best atmosphere he had ever played in.
The Reds orchestrated a magnificent turnaround to navigate their passage to the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night, coming from 3-1 down to win 4-3 in front of a raucous home crowd.
The '12th man'
Can, who has earned favour with the Liverpool faithful for his impressive displays this year, hailed the supporters as a ‘12th man’, stating that he was proud to be a part of the club.
“It was unbelievable,” he said, as per the Liverpool Echo.
“I’ve never played in an atmosphere like that.
“They were our 12th man. We were one team all together - the players, the manager, the staff and the supporters.
“This is a big result and this is for everyone, it’s for the whole city.
“Everyone believed we could do it, even at half-time. I am very proud to be a part of this team.”
The Germany international was seen leaving Anfield on crutches after being forced off the pitch during the game’s latter stages with an ankle injury, prompting fears over a lengthy absence.
He wants to be fit for the semi-final against Villarreal, but speculation now insists he could miss the rest of the season due to the damage done.
Of course, Can has made a smart move in pinpointing the home crowd as having been influential in the most unlikely of comebacks. The Reds faithful are often described as being amongst the most passionate fans in England, and their unerring support turned Anfield into a cauldron of noise on Thursday.
Passion from the fans
Such an atmosphere often brings out the best in big players, as was the case when Liverpool had their backs to the wall.
It makes sense to assume most supporters would settle for a far simpler victory when Villarreal come to town, but all the same it’s nice to know your team is capable of such feats when it matters.
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