Why Emre Can could be one of Liverpool's best signings in recent history

Brendan Rodgers has been singing the 21-year-old's praises.

Rarely has a Liverpool signing directly solved a problem in recent years.

In the case of Mario Balotelli, it has simply created one. In the cases of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic, it has not really solved any crises but simply added something slightly different to an already capable squad.

When it comes to Emre Can, however, Liverpool have plugged a real hole in their side. And not just one.

"He's really helped solidify the team and given real good balance to the side," Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers told journalists at Melwood on Thursday, as quoted by Liverpool's official website.

"His positional sense for a young player is very, very good. He's got a great view of the game, understands the game tactically very well, he's strong and has got good stature.

"I always like to have at least one midfield player in my squad who I know can play from behind as well. Emre can do that."

Now, Rodgers often talks a lot. His use of flowery language and excessive praise often simply distracts from the truth. Most of what he says can be shredded and only a small portion can be taken with real value (and is accurate).

On the subject of 21-year-old Can, though, the Reds boss is spot on.

For one so young, the German midfielder looks excellent in all departments. Yes, he has made rash mistakes in defence - especially against Chelsea, when his concession of a penalty ultimately knocked Liverpool out of the Capital One Cup over the two legs.

But a central midfielder will always need time to learn in defence - he was superb for the rest of the game.

Liverpool have looked so much more solid since Can has been given a regular starting spot. The fact that Rodgers didn't use him enough before perhaps counts against the coach, although the German also suffered from fitness problems earlier in the campaign.

No longer. And the all-round ability Can offers the Reds means he could be one of their best signings in recent history.

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