Sunday 25 June 2017

Liverpool's Emre Can wants to be the new Steven Gerrard

Emre Can and Brendan Rodgers during Liverpool training
Emre Can and Brendan Rodgers during Liverpool training

Emre Can, Liverpool's utility man last season, wants to nail down a place in midfield for the coming campaign.

The Germany Under-21 international struggled to break into the side following his £10million arrival from Bayer Leverkusen after injury sidelined him for six weeks early on.

He played just nine times before the Boxing Day match at Burnley, which proved a turning point in his season as he came on at half-time for Kolo Toure to play as a third centre-back.

Although he had played in defence in Germany he was bought primary as a midfielder but he remained there for the rest of the season, although the switch to a flat four exposed the youngster's unsuitability as a full-back.

During this summer's Under-21 European Championships Can reverted to a central midfield role for his country and he hopes he can stay there for his club, with his chances boosted by the departure of Steven Gerrard to LA Galaxy.

"The most important thing is I feature in the games for Liverpool - that's my number one intention," he told LFC GO.

"A midfield role is preferable; of course it is the manager who decides who plays where.

"We'll see where he choses to play me this season. It is up to the manager but my preference is midfield."

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