Emre Can's best position for Liverpool is in midfield

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There was still much debate over Emre Can's favoured position earlier this season despite signing for Liverpool last summer.

Well, that was until Jurgen Klopp was appointed as manager.


Under Klopp's tutorship, Can has put in a number of impressive performances in the central midfield position; none more so than his dazzling display in the 4-1 victory at Manchester City.


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Can was often deployed in a back five under former manager Brendan Rodgers, being used on the right side of three centre-backs.

His ability to start attacks with his ball-playing skills were applauded although his actual defending was often questioned.

The manager of the German national team, Joachim Low, has also used Can as a defender, selecting him as a right-back during his three appearances so far.

But there can be no doubt that since his arrival, Klopp has utilised Can's natural ability.

The 21-year-old has been almost ever-present under his compatriot and even scored the first goal of Klopp's reign.


Being deployed alongside Lucas Leiva and James Milner in the Liverpool midfield, it gives Can the freedom to drive forward and create chances. 

However when Milner is the midfielder pushing forward, Can is more than capable of holding his position with the ability to break up any potential counter-attacks.

His work-rate is something that appeals to Liverpool's new boss immensely with the desire to get forward to support attacks and his willingness to track back. But against Manchester City, Can was seen to be walking back after sprinting forward; something that didn't go down well with Klopp.

“Emre is a young lad, he’s full of emotion and everything but when you are tired in a game, then if you cannot make the way back, please don’t make the way forward," Klopp said after the match.


It was probably the only occasion that the manager could have been angry with Can after he put in an outstanding performance. He was almost faultless throughout the 90 minutes, being involved in every Liverpool attack whilst being solid defensively.

His back-heel to Coutinho which led to Firmino's goal - Liverpool's third, was simply outrageous.

The argument surrounding Can's best position should definitely be put to bed now. He's been magnificent recently in the central midfield position and the 21-year-old could have a very big future at Anfield.

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