“Jurgen Klopp is certainly a great coach, I think he has demonstrated in Dortmund that he can work at any team in the world.”
Can was also quick to defend the recently sacked Brendan Rodgers as he took a portion of the blame on behalf of the players. He said: “In the end, we as players are responsible for the situation at Liverpool. Rodgers has done good work, always”
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The Liverpool player was purchased from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014 for £10 million and has become a key and constant figure in the Liverpool side since December.
Can’s first extended run came last season in a back three partnered by Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho. The youngster became instrumental in Liverpool’s unbeaten run from December 21st to March 16th and in this time he matured into a senior member of the Liverpool squad and one of the top players in the side.
Bags of ability
Later in the season, Can was played at a more unnatural position at right back where his lack of experience there was often exploited by other teams. This season however he has improved and often been deployed in central roles in a variety of different positions including centre back, defensive midfielder and central midfielder.
The young German made his first start for Joachim Löw’s national side on the September 4, demonstrating his rise in ability and profile since signing for Liverpool. The German coach who won the World Cup in 2014 commented about Emre Can in a press conference in August:
“Emre had a good development at Liverpool and is a versatile player. We like his presence on the pitch and his dynamism”.
Considering the world class players Low has managed and his list of honours to go with it, a compliment like this would have been a huge motivational boost for the midfielder.
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