84% pass accuracy, 49 touches - Liverpool star solid in first start

Assessing the performance of Liverpool's Emre Can against Queens Park Rangers.

Liverpool player Emre Can made his first start for the club against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, in what was ultimately one of the most memorable and downright crazy games of this or any season.

The Reds won the match 3-2, courtesy of two own-goals and a Philippe Coutinho strike, with injury-time efforts going in here, there and everywhere and Eduardo Vargas notching a brace for the hosts.

But by that time Can was long gone, having been substituted after 66 minutes, so how did the German player do on his first start for Liverpool?

Can played as a defensive midfielder (which is arguably his best position) and he obliged with a passing accuracy of 83.78 per cent.  He touched the ball 49 times and had one scoring attempt of his own (although he failed to hit the target).

  Pass accuracyTouchesTotal Scoring AttemptOn-target Scoring AttemptInterception WonEffective ClearanceMins
Emre Can 83.78% 49 1 0 2 2 66

In more defensive areas Can won two interceptions and made two effective clearances, to keep QPR at bay for much of the game.  And it is perhaps telling that the hosts did not find a way to Liverpool's goal until the 20-year-old had been replaced.

The former Bayer Leverkusen player also won one aerial duel and made one effective block, but his failure to win any tackles is an area he will surely want to improve in the games to come.

Overall, Can had a steady game for Liverpool and will be pleased with his contribution.  He may be young, but he has what it takes to be a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers as seen on Sunday.



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