Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that Emre Can was playing as a defender when he first scouted him.
Can showed what he can do from a midfield position towards the end of the FA Cup game against Bolton last night, but he has been used as a centre-back and right sided defender frequently this season.
“When I first went over to Germany to start watching him play, I went to watch him as a central midfielder but he was playing as a right-back and centre-back (at Bayer Leverkusen),” said Rodgers.
That could answer the question on the minds of some Liverpool fans this morning who have been wondering why the German hasn’t been played more in his natural position.
It also shows that the player has the experience to be trusted along the Liverpool backline, which gives his manager extra options.
Can’s versatility is one of his biggest plus points and something, which should help him stay in the side over the rest of the season.
He can step forward and protect the defence, passing sensibly through the midfield but he’s disciplined enough to hold his position in the backline.
The challenge for the German is how he’s going to cope when sides try out different tactics and methods of playing against him.
If he can stay effective through those periods, there’s no reason he can’t stay in Liverpool’s defence or midfield for the next few years.