Player Review: Emre Can - From zero to hero

Damon Savenelli looks at the season that Emre Can has had for Liverpool in red with opinion split on the German’s future.

I think it can be agreed upon that Emre Can had a terrible start to his season. But we can also all agree that by the end of the season, he was a vital player in our starting 11. The German also scored some absolutely crucial goals for us. All said and done, I think that Can had a decent season and definitely deserves a new contract. Here is your Emre Can player review…

Can saw his playing time limited in the first half of the season, with Jordan Henderson pretty much having the central defensive midfield position on lockdown. Henderson was in amazing form around the middle of the season so it came as no surprise. Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum also had their respected positions covered which left Can with nowhere to play.

When Can did make an appearance he was horrific. He could barely string more than a few passes together. I do not want to be too tough on the guy, but it was one of the worst showings from a professional footballer that I have ever seen. This poor form thus gassed up fans into wanting Can to be sold in the summer.

I always thought that selling Can would be a horrible idea. He’s young, he’s strong, and of course, he’s German. With our already shallow depth in the midfield, selling Can would just mean that Jürgen Klopp would have to fill another void. Besides, all footballers go through bad patches of form, but that does not mean we should sell them.

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Can went on to admit that this poor run of form was one of the worst that he has ever endured. Thankfully, Can’s form started to pick up. When we lost Jordan Henderson to injury, that is when Can really began to improve. The former Leverkusen man began to look like his old self again.

By the end of the season, Can was dominating the middle of the park. Some believe that we need a destroyer type of midfielder but I think that we already have that in Emre Can. Every once in awhile, the big German puts in some vicious tackles. He really knows how to lay a body when he wants to.

Perhaps my favourite thing about Can is that he is tough. He knows how to grind. With a tonne of injuries befalling some of our best players this season, Can admitted that he too had his injury issues. Struggling through a calf injury during the later stages of the season, Can powered through said injures. He knew that with Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson already out, we could not afford him to miss time. He put his head down and grinded. What an absolute beast.

And of course, we can not forget that stellar strike against Watford. I think it is fair to say that we all lost our minds when that one hit the back of the net. It truly was a moment of excellence that helped us secure three points.

Now that Can has found his form, the only issue that remains is whether or not he will sign a new deal. For almost the entirety of the season, it has been rumoured that Can is demanding  £100k per week and Liverpool have been unwilling to offer him that much money. A few weeks back, it was also revealed that contract talks have been put on hold until the end of the season, so it will be interesting to see what happens. All I know is that I definitely hope he stays.

It was a season of ups and downs for the midfielder but all in all, I would say it was a solid season. Let’s just hope that he starts next season in the same form that he ended this one in. As for that contract situation, I hope that it gets sorted because he is definitely a decent player.

Well Reds, those were my thoughts on Emre Can and how I thought his season turned out. How do you think the German performed? Leave your thoughts below.

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