Kolo Toure talks up Liverpool's versatile Emre Can

The Ivory Coast defender likes the look of the German, whose versatility has been on show since his move from Bayer Leverkusen.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure says all of the side's summer arrivals are getting better but has singled out £9.75 million signing Emre Can for his improvement and contribution to the side in recent weeks.

Can was brought in from Bayer Leverkusen as a central midfielder, but his versatility is an appealing aspect of the German under-21 international's game, having played at the right side of a defensive three during the festive period, and Toure has been impressed by what he has had to offer.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Emre needed time to adapt to the way Liverpool play with a lot of intensity and a lot of impact.

“He’s a young player who is learning. He played very well against Leicester and before that he was outstanding against Swansea.

“Emre is a top player with a lot of talent. We’re seeing that now and I’m sure he will keep getting better. All the new players are gelling better now.”

For a 20-year-old he seems composed on the ball, but hasn't had the easiest start to life at Anfield. After a couple of substitute appearances, he suffered an ankle injury on international duty and has had to be eased back into the side. He managed to get his first goal for the club in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in November, and played in the defeat to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu, but the past few games represent his first real run in the side.

However, Can said when he came in that he sees himself as a midfielder so it will be interesting to see if his position changes in the weeks to come - or maybe next season when Steven Gerrard leaves the club.

Can does have the look of a very good technical player who is powerful, and it will be interesting to see how he is used, and how he develops over the coming months.

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