Emre Can not ready to take on Gerrard comparisons; could be offered new contract

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Emre Can training with Germany during the Euros
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Despite having two years left on his contract, Emre Can could be offered a new contract according to the Liverpool Echo

Emre Can’s rise to prominence in the Liverpool squad since Brendan Rodger’s departure is phenomenal. The young German was deployed regularly on the right side of defence and while he performed ably he is far better central midfielder. Already he is above Jordan Henderson and James Milner in the midfield pecking order which is very impressive at the age of 22.

The former Bayer-Leverkusen midfielder was instrumental in Liverpool’s rampant Europa League side that went all the way to the final only to fall at the last hurdle. A new contract for Can is encouraging as it signals intent from a hierarchy that have dawdled in the past allowing stars like Steven Gerrard, Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher to leave before they would’ve liked to.

“There have been no discussions yet,” he said.

“I am enjoying my time here.

“It’s a great club, like a family, I’m very happy to be here and still have two years left. It’s been a very, very tough pre-season and our target is to be the fittest team in the league which is why we train so hard and do a lot of runs.

“It’s very important for us.”

This season is an all-round important season at Liverpool Football Club. It’s Jürgen Klopp’s first full season in charge with his won squad and it offers the chance for a whole host of players to cement their place in the starting lineup. It will be no different for Can who will be fighting for a place in a side which has an increased level of competition.

“I can say I am a leader but you have to show it. Of course we have other leaders like Hendo or Milner. We all want to do it.

“I am like that. I want to be the one pushing the team on of course. As I said I want to show that to everyone.

“I have played plenty of games, I have played in the semi of the Euros and I am confident enough to say I want to go for it, I want to push the team on.”

Can has been heavily tipped to become the next Liverpool captain and mirror the midfield virtuoso that Steven Gerrard but the young lad has downplayed the comparisons saying he’s not on Gerrard’s level, yet.

“That’s of course a big, big honour. I have a lot of respect for him but I am far off that level he played for Liverpool. I have to go my own way, be Emre Can. I met him in Los Angeles, we have stayed in touch.”

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