Emre Can: Liverpool 'on fire' for season start

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Ahead of the club's Premier League opener away to Watford, the German international believes his side is in position to hit the ground running

A fully-fit Emre Can believes Liverpool's vibrant and enthusiastic dressing room can generate a positive start to the Premier League season.

After an uninterrupted pre-season individually, in contrast to 12 months ago, Can is positive he is not the only one at Anfield who is eager for the season to begin.

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Satisfied with preparations, he hopes it will provide a platform for the Reds to defeat Watford on Saturday and put early pressure on in the English title race.

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

"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."

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Having scored a spectacular winner in Liverpool's last trip to Vicarage Road, the 23-year-old midfielder believes his side is ready to start well.

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"I think everybody is looking forward to the new season," Can said. "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.

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"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.

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"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."

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