Brendan Rodgers praises 'powerful' Liverpool star Emre Can

Emre Can playing for Bayern Munich in 2013

Brendan Rodgers was thrilled with the performance of Emre Can.

Brendan Rodgers was thrilled with the performance of Emre Can against Bolton, quoted via Liverpool's official website.

The Reds won 2-1 thanks to a last minute goal from Coutinho, to take them into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The Liverpool manager was thrilled with Coutinho's display but was keen to talk up Can's performance and development:

"He's a kid that is going to go on and be a big player for this team, but also Germany as well.

"You see his stature in the game; he can defend, he can pass, he is quick and powerful, then you see his pass for the goal - a wonderful pass. Emre is getting great confidence from playing every week."

Can had signed as a defensive midfielder but it is in a back-three that he is currently shining, and was still able to show of his attacking skill, with the pass to supply Coutinho's winner.

Only Steven Gerrard (92) had more touches than Can's 80, while the German also completed 84 per cent of his passes.

He won three tackles, the joint highest of any player on the pitch along with Joe Allen, while his five clearances were only bettered by Martin Skrtel.

It's fair to say Liverpool's summer signings struggled to adapt at first, and some are still not clicking entirely - Lazar Markovic was poor last night. Yet Can is laying down a marker as the best of the lot, which is also remarkable as he was one of the more low-key deals to be announced.

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