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Can has played 36 times for Liverpool this season.

Jurgen Klopp is playing me in my best position, says Emre Can

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Emre Can believes that Jurgen Klopp is getting the best out of him by playing him in his best position.

The German has started every league match since the arrival of Klopp in a central midfield role but is capable of playing in a variety of different positions.

Former manager Brendan Rodgers regularly used Can as part of a three-man defence, while he occasionally slotted in as a makeshift right-back.

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Despite showing his footballing capabilities in these roles, Can admits that his favourite position is in midfield.

"It is always like that [playing in different positions], but since Jurgen Klopp came I have always been played in midfield, which I think is my favourite position, and I like to play a lot there," said Can in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News.

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"[Klopp] wants a lot from me, he wants me to push the team forward and to help them and that is what I want to try.  Every manager has their own style and Jurgen Klopp has his own style and that is why a lot has changed [since Klopp arrived], but I am enjoying it.

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"Of course I have to learn so many things and I have to work hard and then hopefully I will be better in a few years,” he added.

Can signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2013 for a fee thought to be around £10 million but has been part of two fairly disappointing campaigns for Liverpool. The club finished sixth last season but the 22-year-old performed steadily in his first year at Anfield.

No excuses

This term, Liverpool sit in ninth and have recently crashed out of the FA Cup to West Ham. The midfielder has already played 34 times this campaign, only six less than he did in the whole of last season but he insists that he isn't willing to use fatigue as an excuse.

"Of course sometimes you are tired and everything," he said, "but I think the most important thing is the mentality - if you say you are fit and want to go, then you can go every game.

"Every team has a lot of games and I think that is no reason why we are where we are in the table. It is not what we want. But there is a long time to go and we have to keep it up and see what happens at the end of the season."

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