Liverpool midfielder Emre Can ready to cheer on City in Manchester derby after his side's 'stupid' loss to Crystal Palace

Chris Bascombe

Emre Can, the Liverpool midfielder, has said he will be supporting Manchester City this week after what he described as the ‘stupidity’ of his side’s loss to Crystal Palace.

Jürgen Klopp’s side has surrendered control of the race for the Champions League positions, a top four finish no longer in their hands.

But the Merseysiders do have the consolation of knowing their rivals must still face each other over the next month, including Thursday's Manchester derby.

Now Can wants a favour from City to ensure Manchester United do not go above Liverpool.

“Is that the better result? A City win? Then I am for City!” said Can.

“One of the top teams will drop points and that is a good thing. We have to be there and in the next game against Watford, we have to win again.

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“If we win the last four games we will reach the Champions League. That has to be the target. It has to be. The next game is Watford and we want to win there and we will see what happens. Some of the other top teams will play against each other and we will give it our best.”

Liverpool appeared to have the most appealing run-in, but dropping points against sides still fighting relegation has been a recurring theme of their campaign.

“It was stupid from us,” said Can. “We are frustrated, disappointed. It is always the same. We controlled the game, I think we didn’t play too badly but then we conceded two goals from two chances.

“We should have won this game. We had the chances. Again it was a set piece. We had worked on them in training, we had trained very well. All the set pieces in training we had done very well. But again we concede a goal after a set piece. It was stupid. We were 1-0 up and have to be clever and smarter in that position. And then we concede two goals.”

Liverpool took the lead through Philippe Coutinho before Christian Benteke, their former striker, scored twice to earn Crystal Palace all three points at Anfield on Sunday Credit:  PA

Liverpool face Watford, Southampton, West Ham and Middlesbrough in their remaining games.

United must still play Arsenal and Tottenham after the Manchester derby. But Can knows if Liverpool continue to drop points the door is open for those hunting them down.

“We can be disappointed after the game but now we have to look forward. We have got to go again and it is still in our hands,” he said.

“You can say that [we are missing a few people] because when you look at the bench it is very young. We miss a lot of our players, there are a lot of injuries. You should look at Chelsea. They are lucky with that, for example. We don’t have luck with this. But it is no excuse. We have to go again. We have to fight for our target.”

Klopp hopes he will have Adam Lallana back for the trip to Watford next Monday. It remains to be seen what contribution Daniel Sturridge will make in the next four games as he once more pulled out citing a hip problem.

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