Jamie Redknapp offers blunt advice to Liverpool midfielder: Don’t take so many touches

The former Liverpool captain accuses Emre Can of slowing down Jurgen Klopp's side during their 1-0 loss at Southampton

Jamie Redknapp has accused Emre Can of trying too hard to prove how good he is after Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Southampton in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final.

The Germany international started alongside summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield for Liverpool’s trip to St Mary’s on Wednesday night in the absence of club captain Jordan Henderson.

Can struggled to make an impression in the cup clash as Nathan Redmond scored a first-half winner for the Saints to give Claude Puel’s side a slight advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield later this month.

Liverpool will make the short trip to bitter rivals Manchester United in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

And ex-Liverpool captain Redknapp had some frank advice for Can after his performance against Southampton.

“Every time Emre Can gets the ball he has six touches and wants to show us how good he is,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“Keep it simple. You have got to move the ball quickly, you have got to be fast with the passing and Can slowed the game up too much.”

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Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and five points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 20 games.

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