New €12m Liverpool star is ready for big things says former boss

Emre Can playing for Bayern Munich in 2013

New Liverpool signing Emre Can has been backed by former Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia.

Liverpool have kicked off their summer with a bang by competing the signings of current England international Rickie Lambert and former Leverkusen star Emre Can.

The latter has had a number of question marks raised by Bundesliga experts, with the general consensus that the German U21 international isn’t the top level player which the Reds need.

Jan Age Fjortoft in particular raised doubts, responding to a question on Sky Sports as to whether he’s a good signing for Liverpool:

"No he's not, I don't think he's a good signing, I think he's an average player in Germany. But Brendan Rodgers has shown before that he is a much, much better manager than Jan Age Fjortoft, so we'll have to trust him in that department. I can't see that he'll improve Liverpool football club."

The defensive midfielder, however, has been backed by his former Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia and the current Brighton boss believes Emre Can is ready for big things in the Premier League.

“He’s still a young player, but, physically, he is very ready for big things. He can play a lot of positions.” He said, quoted by The Mirror.

The defensive midfield position had become a concern for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, with Lucas Leiva missing key parts of the season with injury and Steven Gerrard filling in.

The Liverpool skipper, however, isn’t a natural defensive midfielder and the protection he offered the defence at times last season was questioned in relation to the amount of goals the Merseysiders shipped.

With hopes of another Premier League title challenge and a return to the Champions League awaiting, Liverpool needed more squad depth and their new €12million midfielder offers that.

Throughout last season, the 20-year-old midfielder made 75 tackles and 46 interceptions in 24 Bundesliga appearances, ranking second at Leverkusen only to fellow midfielder Lars Bender in both categories.

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