Emre Can has bright Liverpool future under Jurgen Klopp, says Chelsea legend
Pat Nevin explains why Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has a bright future under Brendan Rodgers
Jurgen Klopp will get the best out of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, according to Pat Nevin.
The Germany international was handed a starting spot in Klopp’s first Liverpool side at White Hart Lane after the 48-year-old took over the reins at Anfield earlier this month.
Can impressed in the heart of the Liverpool midfielder after Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers played the 21-year-old in a right-back or centre-half role in his first season on Merseyside.
Former Chelsea midfielder Nevin believes Can has all the necessary qualities to thrive under his compatriot in the coming seasons.
“I think Emre Can will have a good future [under Klopp]. He will get the best out of Can,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“He immediately put him in the position that he should have been played in all along [midfield].
“I don’t see him as a great full-back. He has no great pace. I don’t see him as a centre-half because he hasn’t got pace.
“But as a sitting midfielder? Yeah he can do that. He is a good footballer. He has a brain, has a good touch and is quite physical.
“He does need to get a bit fitter.”
However, the retired Scotland international suggested that 28-year-old midfielder Lucas Leiva could struggle to adapt to Klopp’s high-pressing game.
“Lucas at his age and the way he has been playing – I like him as a player – but asking him to play that high pressing game is going to be tough for him.”
Liverpool played out a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds are tenth in the table and are nine points behind leaders Manchester City.