Emre Can: How I’ve grown from a boy to a man at Liverpool

The Liverpool midfielder discusses arriving at Anfield as a teenager before developing into a first-team player in recent seasons

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can Photo: Liverpool FC

Emre Can admits he has developed as a man and as a player during his three-year stay at Liverpool.

The German midfielder moved to Liverpool in a £6.75m deal from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in the 2014 summer transfer window under Jurgen Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

Can has produced some of his best football under his compatriot Klopp but the Liverpool star has struggled with consistency despite frequent glimpses of his undoubted talent.

The 23-year-old made 40 appearances in all competitions in his first season as a Liverpool player under Rodgers as the Germany international was used in a variety of different positions.

Klopp has utilised Can as a centre-midfielder and has already produced his best return of his Liverpool career so far after a return of four goals in 24 games in all competitions.

Speaking to Sky Sports about his Liverpool career so far, Can said:

“For me, this season was a little bit difficult but the last few weeks, I feel better and I think you can see that on the pitch.

“I have struggled with a few injuries, I had calf problems that was a little bit more than everybody thought but I continue to play and as long as the manager wants me to, I want to as well. I am feeling very well. I’m at the top of my fitness in the games and I feel strong again.

“I was a teenager when I got to Liverpool and now, I am growing into a man. Of course, I had to change my style of football because here in England, you are playing more physically, everything is quicker here and I had to learn that.

“I think I did just well, I know I have a lot of improvements I can make but I would say I am happy with the three years.”

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Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season under German boss Klopp.

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