Liverpool's Emre Can plays down Marouane Fellaini elbow

Marouane Fellaini (left) challenges with Emre Can (right)
Marouane Fellaini (left) was playing in his first game for over a month on Thursday

Emre Can has played down the apparent elbow from Marouane Fellaini during Liverpool's 2-0 Europa League last-16 win over Manchester United on Thursday.

United midfielder Fellaini appeared to catch Can with an arm during Thursday's first leg at Anfield and could face retrospective punishment from Uefa.

But 22-year-old Can said: "Fellaini is a fair sportsman. He touched my throat with his elbow but it is OK.

"It was just a small fight. It was not a boxing ring punch."

Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo produced six bookings in the game, but did not produce a card for Belgian midfielder Fellaini for the clash with Can.

Liverpool dominated Thursday's game and won it through a Daniel Sturridge penalty and second-half goal from Roberto Firmino.

The home side could have had a bigger lead to take to Old Trafford for next Thursday's second leg were it not for United keeper David De Gea, who made a number of good saves.

"De Gea is a very good goalkeeper but we created chances, played well and scored two goals," added Can.

"It was incredible, a very good score for the second leg and we have to keep going like that."

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