Liverpool legend unsure where £9.75m star fits in at Anfield

Mark Lawrenson admits he is not sure what Emre Can's best position is.

This summer saw Liverpool complete the signing of promising Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can. The ex-Bayern Munich talent arrived after The Reds met the £9.75 million release clause for the midfielder.

He impressed in pre-season but has only managed two appearances for Liverpool since his summer arrival. He picked up an injury on international duty with the German under-21 side.

He was ruled out for six weeks, and is expected to return to action for The Reds against QPR next weekend.

But when he does play one man who is unsure where he fits in is Mark Lawrenson.

Lawro played over 350 games for Liverpool - winning European Cups, League Cups league titles and FA Cups during his time at Anfield.

Now a successful football pundit he has spoken in his Liverpool Echo article on how he cannot put his finger on Can's best position.

"Emre Can is likely to be back when Liverpool are next in action. And it’s obvious he picked up an injury at precisely the wrong time.

"But while he has been missed, many Reds fans – myself included – are still not sure what role he will actually play. Is he a holding midfielder? Is he a box-to-box midfielder? Or is he both?

"I saw him play pre-season against Preston and, to be honest, I couldn’t work it out.

"Brendan Rodgers, though, will know. We’ll be intrigued to find out."

He does have something of a point in so much that Can can do pretty much anything in midfield. He has a touch of the Michael Ballack's to him in that respect. He is not shoe-horned into one specific midfield role, he can do what is asked of him.

Brendan Rodgers will certainly have a plan for Can, which will be implemented as soon as he is back to full fitness.

So while the worry may be that Can will be another Nuri Sahin - if used correctly he could become the missing piece to what has been a jumpy start to the season from Liverpool.

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