John Aldridge: This is Emre Can’s best position for Liverpool
John Aldridge believes Emre Can is capable of developing into a quality holding midfielder for Liverpool
John Aldridge believes Emre Can’s best position for Liverpool is playing as a sitting midfielder.
The Germany international produced another dominant performance in the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s side at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.
Can anchored the Liverpool midfield as the Merseyside outfit came from 1-0 down with 10 men to secure a vital 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
The 22-year-old has been deployed in a wide variety of positions since he moved to the Reds from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, including centre-half, right-back and centre-midfielder.
However, former Liverpool striker Aldridge believes Can’s future lies as a holding midfielder.
“Emre Can was excellent. He’s better when he does the simple things and doesn’t try to run with the ball too much,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“I know some people disagree but I think he can develop into a really quality sitting midfielder in years to come.
“For me he’s played in a three at centre back so there’s no reason he couldn’t hold in midfield.”
Can has scored one goal in 27 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside outfit so far this season.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder moved to Liverpool in a £6.75m deal from Bayer Leverkusen under Klopp’s predecessor, Brendan Rodgers.
The Reds host Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at Anfield on Thursday night.