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Emre Can thrilled to win over Liverpool crowd

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Emre Can has revealed his happiness at having a song created in his honour by the Liverpool crowd - but believes he must keep working hard to improve on the pitch.

Can joined the Reds from Bayer Leverkusen for £10million last summer, and has become a fan-favourite at Anfield for his all-action style of player.

After a disappointing start on Merseyside, the German has started 20 games since coming on as a substitute during the Reds' 1-0 win against Burnley on Boxing Day 2014.

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In that period Can has come on leaps and bounds, proving that he was worth the early season and going on to become one of his side's most consistent players.

The Anfield crowd have appreciated the 21-year-old's recent efforts and rewarded him with a song belted from all corners of the stadium. And Can could not be more pleased with Kopite's bellowing his name out every game.

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“I realised it during the game and I was massively proud. Even now, I sometimes think back that I’ve only been here a couple of months and for the fans to sing a song for me is a massive thing for me, it’s really important," Can told the Liverpool Echo.

“I’m just proud to be here.”

Improvement

There was plenty of speculation around Can's ability when he arrived on Merseyside last August.

A host of top European club's chased the Frankfurt-native's signature, including his former side Bayern Munich, however he chose Liverpool as he seen it as a club on the rise where he would be guaranteed game-time.

After a difficult start of mixed-performances and injury, Can finally produced his full potential on Boxing Day against Burnley. Coming on as a half-time substitute, he was composed on the ball, hard in the tackle and top-class overall. 

Since then, he has produced similar displays throughout and had two fantastic battles with Eden Hazard during Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final over two legs.

Composed in defence

Before his introduction to the starting line-up, Brendan Rodgers' men struggled with the ball at their feet at the back. Dejan Lovren seemingly looked to try and take responsibility but too often gave the ball away needlessly.

However, Can has added composure to the back-four and is generally the ball-playing centre-back of Rodgers' central defenders. His passing ability has been highlighted a numerous amount of times, hitting long-balls that start quick attacks for the Reds.

Earlier this season, Rodger hailed Can's performances and dubbed him a 'Rolls Royce footballer'.

However, as impressive he has been, he still is not the complete article. In Liverpool's 1-0 win against Swansea City last Monday, Can arguably had his worst performance in a Red shirt. 

He was menaced by Bafetimbi Gomis in the first-half, with the Frenchman constantly taking advantage of Can rashly diving into challenges instead of standing up when there was no relative danger.

Room for improvement

Despite appreciating his manager's comments, Can still knows he has a long way to go until he reaches his full potential.

“I feel very good at the moment. I feel the trust of the manager and I feel I’m doing a good job, that’s why I’m playing – so I’m happy," the number 23 added.

“I’m proud that a manager of the status of Brendan Rodgers said something like that about me in this way but I know it’s a long way to go and I need to keep giving my best to get there one day, I have to keep on working.

“Rolls Royce footballer? I know what it means but we would not use that expression in Germany at all. I’d never heard it before. I obviously thought it’s a big, luxurious car so I just associated positively things with it.”

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