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Emre Can hails Liverpool vice-captain James Milner

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Emre Can admits he's relished the chance of playing alongside James Milner and believes the England international has brought an invaluable amount of experience to Liverpool.

Milner snubbed a lucrative £165,000-a-week contract to stay at Manchester City and joined the Reds this summer on a free transfer.

EXPERIENCE

The 29-year-old entered Brendan Rodgers' squad with a vast amount of experience having won two Premier League titles at the Citizens and racked up over 400 league appearances during spells at Leeds United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and City.

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Milner's maturity in the Liverpool dressing room has been relished and was granted the vice-captaincy at Anfield following Jordan Henderson's promotion. 

Can has featured alongside Milner in all four of the Liverpool's opening Premier League games and the German has hailed the veteran midfielder.

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"I haven't had too much experience of playing alongside him just yet but it is clear that he is a fighter, is very experienced and is capable of playing good football," Can told LFC magazine.

"I have already seen that he passes on what he knows to the younger players. He talks to us a lot and that can only help us.

"We have a good mix in the Liverpool team. We have got experienced players but also young players.

"The experienced players need to pass on their knowledge to the young members of the squad so with Stevie [Gerrard] leaving at the end of last season it is definitely good to have another experienced player like James Milner here."

REPLACEMENT

With Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool for Los Angeles Galaxy this summer, ending a 27-year allegiance with the club, Rodgers made it one of his priorities to replace his former captain.

The Reds' current squad is flooded with youthful prospects who are still learning the ropes. Liverpool's transfer policy during the summers of 2013 and 2014 highlight owners Fenway Sports Group's ideology; purchase young stars who've impressed and coach them until they reach their maximum potential.

However, that policy was buckled this summer following a disappointing sixth place finish during the 2014/15 season and the agreement was that more established players were needed.

Milner cost Liverpool nothing but is the club's top earner. For a player who is not far away from entering the twilight years of his career, it was a bold move from the Reds and shows how desperate they were to add replace Gerrard and have experience in the dressing room. 

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