Jamie Carragher praises makeshift Liverpool defender Emre Can

Emre Can playing for Bayern Munich in 2013

The Liverpool defensive legend was impressed by Can's performance v Chelsea last night.

Liverpool went out of the Capital One Cup last night after an unfortunate 2-1 aggregate defeat against Chelsea. A goal from Branislav Ivanovic did the trick on a night when Thibaut Courtois was once again in top form for The Blues.

Once again the game saw Brendan Rodgers line his team up with a three man defence. It also saw him leave Dejan Lovren on the sidelines again, as he continues to play Emre Can as part of the defensive trio.

One man who was impressed with the German talent was Jamie Carragher. The Liverpool legend, who played over 700 games for the club in a 23 year Anfield career, took to Twitter after the game to say this of the natural midfielder:

Reassuring words indeed for Can, considering Carragher is revered as one of the greatest defenders in Liverpool's fine history. Can has recently been converted into a makeshift defender as Rodgers wants players in the back-line who are comfortable with the ball at their feet, something summer signing Lovren has struggled with this season.

In the first leg of the tie he found himself scrutinised for giving away the penalty that gave Chelsea the lead. He clumsily bundled into Eden Hazard, who duly dusted himself off and slammed the ball into the back of Simon Mignolet's net from 12 yards.

But despite the negative result Can, who was signed from Bayer Leverkusen as a midfielder in the summer, seems to be improving in his defensive role.

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