Emre Can close to fitness return as he comments on differences between Bundesliga and Premier League

The summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen has shown signs of promise during his time at the club so far as he adapts to life in the Premier League.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has said the Premier League has more challenges to it than the Bundesliga, citing more shock results in the English division, and the time a player is allowed on the ball.

Can has seen more first team football at Liverpool in the past month or so after signing for just under £10 million from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. 

He has looked impressive at the heart of the Reds midfield and scored his first goal with the help of a deflection in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield before the international break but it was evident that after playing the midweek defeat against Real Madrid prior to the Chelsea clash, the ankle injury he picked up on international duty earlier on in the season still hampers him a little.

Can is quoted by the Liverpool website, saying: "In England the test is different every week. I have realised you need to win the physical challenges before you win the technical challenges.

"When a top team plays the bottom team in Germany, the top team usually wins by a good score. But here everything is fought for.

"If your levels drop in the Premier League, even against the bottom team, you will get punished. But we know if we perform to our maximum we can achieve good results.

"In terms of fitness, I feel close to where I want to be now. I want to help the team improve its results."

There has been a lot of promise shown from Can, who reportedly rejected a return to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in favour of a switch to Anfield. But he gives the midfield some presence, drive and an eye for goal. With Liverpool in their current predicament when it comes to lack of goals, whenever they have a slender lead they're going to need players to fight for them. The German looks as though he can do exactly that.

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