Emre Can explains how a short summer break and a chat with Steven Gerrard is setting him up for a more impressive season for the Reds this term.
In last season’s roller coaster ride of a footballing campaign Emre Can was one of the most important players for Liverpool. The German played 49 times for the Reds last season and then jetted off to France to play for his country in the Euros. His team’s progression to the semi-finals meant he was only able to take a three week vacation but the short break could prove beneficial for Liverpool’s number 23.
“It was a short break for me but I enjoyed it,” Can told Liverpoolfc.com. “Last season was a long season for me. Now after the break, I’m ready to play football again.
“I didn’t have such a long time off and I didn’t lose too much fitness. I feel that in training.
“Of course, I have to come again. I’m very happy to be back and I can’t wait until the Premier League starts.
“Pre-season has to be tough, of course. We want to be fit for the season. Now is the time where we can prepare. Sometimes it’s not easy but we have to go through it.”
Can’s short vacation wasn’t without its positives as he met up with Steven Gerrard in LA and Liverpool’s former captain was willing to share his wisdom with the young midfielder:
“I met him in LA and we went for lunch. It’s always great to see Stevie.
“It’s an honour to know him and it was an honour to have lunch with him. You can always speak with him about football and life. He’s a very good guy.”
Can is evidently raring to go and by the sounds of it hasn’t lost much of the fitness which saw him earn the nickname ‘Tank’ last season for his bullish performances in midfield. The young German international will be hugely important to Liverpool’s chances of success next season.