Emre Can: Liverpool happy with pre-season

Emre Can believes Liverpool are poised to make a positive start to the season while acknowledging the threat posed by their opening day opponents, Watford.

The Germany international endured a number of injury setbacks at the start of the 2016/17 season, sitting out a total of 11 matches before the end of August and missing the majority of the club's pre-season preparations.

Thus far, however, 2017 has been kinder to the midfielder and has seen him available for each of Jurgen Klopp's warm-up matches.

"It was not the best start last year, to be honest," Can told the club's official website. "I was not properly fit and I came back late and I got an injury — it was not perfect.

"Then I came back again and the team did very well so it was difficult to go into the team, but now is, I think, different.

"Hopefully, when I play I will bring good performances to the team and I hope that everybody brings a good performance to help us win the game.

"I think everybody is looking forward to the new season," the 23-year old continued. "Pre-season is over now and everybody's happy, I think we played a good pre-season and we can go with confidence into the new season.

"I think it (Watford) will be tough, but everybody is looking forward to it, everybody will be at 100 per cent and on fire for the season.

"Last time it was very tough, we won 1-0 and I remember in the last minute they hit the crossbar and it was nearly heartbreak for me! I hope of course that we will win the game, that's the most important thing in the first game," he added.