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Brendan Rodgers predicts big future for Emre Can

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Brendan Rodgers has hailed Emre Can and insists the midfielder can be "an outstanding talent" for Liverpool.

The Reds beat a number of top European club's, including Bayern Munich, to gain Can's signature for £10 million from Bayer Leverkusen last summer. 

The Germany Under-21's international is blessed with versatility and spent the majority of his maiden season at Anfield playing as part of a centre-back of three.

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Can has always said his best position is in central midfield and is capable of either shielding the back four or playing a more advanced role.

And Rodgers believes that the 21-year-old has a massive future with Liverpool and will play an invaluable role once he's found full fitness.

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"I think he can play and operate in any one of the three (midfield) positions," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

"When I met Emre and having seen him play in a whole raft of positions his great attribute is that he's a footballer, he understands the game.

"Whatever role he's asked to play he has this inbuilt brain for football that allows him to adjust and adapt.

"But when I met him I asked him his preferred position, where he sees himself playing and that was as a controlling midfield player and that's where I've always felt he'll be an outstanding talent for us.

"I think his passing range, his strength, his power he's best in midfield and I think once again he's finding his fitness."

After representing Germany at this summer's Under-21's European Championship, Can was granted extended leave by Liverpool and still is searching to reach his peak fitness range.

Once this is made, he could well force himself into Rodgers' side and make himself a regular.

He came on with 30 minutes left during the Reds' 1-0 win against Stoke City last weekend and brought plenty of composure to the team sitting in front of the defence, winning tackles and distributing the ball well, and allowed Jordan Henderson to press further up the pitch.

Can has seemingly pipped both Lucas and Joe Allen in the pecking order and will challenge Jordan Henderson and James Milner throughout the season.

It looks like Lucas will leave Anfield before the transfer window closes after being left out of Rodgers' 16 man squad against Stoke. He's reportedly attracted attention from Inter Milan.

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