Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe sings Emre Can’s praises

The versatile German has been in excellent form for the Reds of late, despite playing out of position.

Despite the attacking talent at Liverpool’s disposal, Emre Can has arguably been the Anfield club’s most impressive player this season.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man joined the Merseyside outfit as a central midfielder, but has been reinvented as a centre-half by Brendan Rodgers in his back three.

Accomplished performances have seen Can develop dramatically since the turn of the year, and as such it appears that the 21-year-old will continue operating at the back for Liverpool.

However, assistant manager Colin Pascoe has admitted that the German would prefer to play in midfield but has not complained about having to operate out of position.

"When we were monitoring him to come into Liverpool he could play at centre-half but the opportunity arose for him to go into a back three - where he has been fantastic,” Pascoe is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.

"But you could see the other night when he stepped into midfield he does want to play there, it is his position, and he is a great asset.

"He is a great lad and a good player. He hasn't moaned about anything or knocked on the manager's door, he has waited for his chance and grabbed it with both hands.

"If Emre Can had to go into midfield there is another possibility but with Jordan (Henderson) and Joe (Allen) there we have enough cover."

With Steven Gerrard set to leave his boyhood club this summer after 18 years in the Reds’ first team, Rodgers will be looking for a new club captain, with Can a potential option in the future according to Pascoe.

"He is young, he is learning his game, but in years to come I am sure he will progress to be one (of the leaders),” the coach continued.

"He is a leader on the pitch and the way he is playing he has been fantastic. But at the moment he himself is probably not even looking at that sort of thing."

Can put in an excellent performance against Tottenham in Liverpool’s last-gasp 3-2 victory over Tottenham in midweek, which gets the side back into contention for a top-four finish.

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