Rodgers must ensure £9.75m newbie does not 'thank god' and leave

Emre Can is a very similar player to Nuri Sahin. Will Brendan Rodgers manage his new signing better than the Liverpool flop?

Brendan Rodgers is famed for wanting versatility from his players. He wants a squad of players, especially in the midfield, who can play all over.

In some case that has backfired.

When Liverpool terminated the 12 month loan-spell of Turkish international Nuri Sahin six months short he had some choice words to say about the way he was integrated into the system at Liverpool:

"I did not fail at Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a number 10. But I do not play behind the strikers. I talked to him and asked him why he was playing me there. It is not my real position. The coach could not answer me... Thank God I have left Brendan Rodgers."

It was the culmination of a busy period for Sahin. Before arriving at Anfield he had posed in an Arsenal shirt as the Gunners and Real Madrid wrangled over a potential future transfer fee.

In the end he moved to Liverpool for an unhappy and unsuccessful spell - and he probably wishes he had managed to join Arsenal instead.

Last week saw Liverpool complete their second summer signing in the form of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can. The ex-Bayern Munich talent arrived after The Reds met the £9.75 million release clause for the midfielder.

And Rodgers must not make the same mistakes with Can as he did with Sahin. Both are similar players. Technically gifted with a wonderful range of passing either can sit deep or much higher up the pitch. However Rodgers will surely not be playing Can as advanced as he did Sahin during his brief time at Anfield.

The fact is Can is a talented 'box-to-box' player, much like Sahin, and hopefully Rodgers does not plan on playing Can regularly out of his favoured position.

Or someone else might be thanking god after a brief spell on Merseyside.

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