Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has backed young German midfielder Emre Can to go on and become a “world class player.”
Can put in an impressive performance as the Reds saw off Burnley 2-0 at Anfield last night, and Rodgers was quick to sing his praises.
“If you give Emre another couple of years, he could play in any team in world football,” Rodgers was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “That’s how highly I rate him, you can see from the response of the crowd that they love him. He does the dirty work as well. He doesn’t just play and look nice, he presses the ball and is aggressive,” he went on to add.
With that win over Burnley, Liverpool now find themselves in fifth place, only two points behind rivals Manchester United with the race for Champions League qualification heating up - and Rodgers clearly feels that Can’s versatility is playing a big part in his team’s success.
“Playing at the back he is strong, aggressive and fast," Rodgers added. "He moves the ball well and can move into midi fled, and whether central or out wide you can see his intelligence. I feel he will develop into a world-class player.”
How good is he?
Can was signed from Bayer Leverkusen for £9.75 million last summer and has gradually solidified his spot in the Liverpool line-up, with 17 league appearances under his belt.
At that value for money, is Can even potentially one of Rodgers' best signings at Liverpool? Maybe time will tell.
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