Emre Can: 'best is yet to come' after calf and ankle problems

Emre Can has only had two substitute appearances in the Premier League, but will be hoping to prove himself in the coming weeks after recovering from ankle injury suffered with Germany's under-21 side.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has revealed he was struggling with a calf problem during his first two competitive apperances in a Red shirt.

The German under-21 international made two appearances from the bench prior to his injury on international duty with cameos against Manchester City and Tottenham.

As a result, the midfielder has said the best has yet to come.

He told the Liverpool website: "I had a couple of problems in pre-season after I joined the club. Then I had two good games for Germany and I picked up the injury.

"I'll get fit again and I'll be stronger but that's all part and parcel of football. I will definitely fight for the club and try to make sure we win every game, as will my teammates. I'll give 100%.

"I've got to say [the games against City and Tottenham] were not my best, because I was struggling a bit with a calf problem in both those games and that meant it was difficult to do everything at a high tempo.

"When I'm fully fit again I'll be able to produce better performances. I'm really convinced of that."

During the month of September, Liverpool could have done with Can's availability given the injury that was picked up by fellow central midfielder Joe Allen at the time - as he would have given the Reds that extra option in the middle.

Furthermore, there wouldn't have been as much reliance on Steven Gerrard to play the holding role in every game, apart from in the League Cup against Middlesbrough.

Can's return to the side has probably come at a good time nonetheless. His versatility means he can play in the middle of the park and in the centre of defence - where Liverpool could be without both Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho after the international break.

There is plenty of development to come from the £9.75 million recruit from Bayer Leverkusen. At 20-years-old he has his whole career ahead of him. He looks like a player who possesses a considerable amount of power in the middle of the park and could be a valuable asset in the tougher games that Liverpool have in the near future, particularly against the likes of Real Madrid and Chelsea.

It will be interesting to see just how much of a difference he makes in Liverpool's midfield, and whether they can take a stronger grip on games than they have enjoyed recently.

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