Jan Molby: Emre Can is a Liverpool captain in waiting

Emre Can playing for Bayern Munich in 2013

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson captained the Reds to victory over Crystal Palace.

Liverpool legend Jan Molby believes Jordan Henderson will become the Reds’ new skipper, yet he told reporters of the Daily Star that his ideal choice would be versatile star Emre Can.

Current captain Steven Gerrard has announced his decision to leave the club for LA Galaxy at the end of the season, ending an affiliation with the Merseysiders stretching almost 20 years.

His role as skipper will be a tough task to follow, though his likely replacement Henderson got off to a good start - as the Reds came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday.

While the former Sunderland man has received plenty of backing for his new-found responsibility, Jan Molby instead opts for team-mate Emre Can as his ideal choice - labelling him a captain in waiting.

“While I think Jordan Henderson will be the next captain, Can is certainly a captain in waiting,” Molby was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

“I was unsure on him at first but he’s shown he’s got a bit of everything and I’ll be amazed if he doesn’t become a top player.”

  Tackles per GameEffective Clearances per GameInterceptions per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearancesMins Played
Emre Can 1.86 4.71 2.14 5.43 7 630

Does Emre Can have what it takes to become Liverpool captain?

The German U21 international joined the Reds from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer and was described on arrival as a commanding defensive midfielder.

However, over the past eight weeks he has instead featured as part of a back three, putting in a number of excellent performances as demonstrated by the table provided by Opta Stats above.

In his previous seven Premier League encounters, Can has averaged 1.86 tackles, 4.71 effective clearances, 2.14 interceptions and an impressive 5.43 ball recoveries per match.

His involvement in the first team has coincided with the Anfield outfit’s drastic improvement in form and rise up the table to within four points of the top four.

The 21-year-old is fast becoming a popular figure on Merseyside and if his recent form is anything to go by, then a future role as captain perhaps isn’t quite as far-fetched as it may have appeared six months ago.

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