Rutwiz Kulkarni explains why Emre Can is one of Liverpool’s brightest prospects and why he thinks the German has the ability to become a legend at Anfield.
A ‘short tempered’ German with a slick hairstyle might be enough to make you think of Emre Can. Losing his temper too soon is something you can associate with a lot of German footballers and Emre is no different.
He arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2014 as a youngster when the memory of an incredible title challenge was still fresh in every Liverpool supporter’s mind. The German was brought in as part of a wholesale summer overhaul by Brendan Rodgers with an expectation to continue their dream run last season. Most of the signings of that summer either failed miserably or were late bloomers with the exception of Can. ‘A promising young German midfielder’ was the term used to describe him and the media was already calling him the ‘young Schweinsteiger.’
It took a while for Emre Can to get his chances and when he did, he was played in various positions by Rodgers which were not his preferred central midfield position with Liverpool already having midfielders in abundance in their squad. He was deployed at full back and wing back but what really changed opinions about Emre Can were his performances as part of the back three formation played by the Irish manager.
He was deployed alongside Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho in defence and the trio was hugely successful. Emre Can, in particular, was highly praised for his attitude and versatility. His early days at the Merseyside club were enough to convince that he’s one to look out for in the future.
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The German midfielder’s best days at the Merseyside club, however, came only when his compatriot Jurgen Klopp was appointed as the new Liverpool boss. Emre Can played a pivotal role in the German manager’s revolution at Anfield as he was one of the first names on the team sheet in his preferred central midfield position. The midfielder gained plaudits for his consistent and solid performances week-in-week-out. He was an integral member of the squad that reached two finals in the Klopp’s first seven months at Anfield. He has showcased such maturity and elegance on the ball that it’s hard to believe that he’s just 22 years old.
A negative trait of the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder’s playing style is his poor discipline. He appears very passionate on the pitch but that has at times resulted in him being booked. He is an angry figure every time a foul is given and has been involved in multiple altercations with the referee. Something else Can needs to work on is his lack of goals but he looks to have rectified that with him being on the scoresheet in consecutive games for the first time in his Anfield career.
The competition in the Liverpool squad is so fierce that he has struggled to get game time this season. Whenever he gets his chance, he doesn’t fail to deliver. His crisp passing, perfect long balls and fighting attitude are a few of his attributes to convince you that we have a gem of a player and it won’t be a surprise if he’s one of the Anfield greats in the years to come.