Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a tough task in replacing Steven Gerrard at the end of the current campaign, but in Emre Can he has the perfect midfielder who can complete the job.
The Reds’ skipper has already decided to leave Merseyside at the end of the campaign, confirming his intentions to move to MLS side LA Galaxy this summer.
Replacing him will be tough, and reports in the Metro have linked the Merseysiders with a move for Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.
The German international’s future has long been discussed in the press and it appears his days at the Santiago Bernabeu are numbered after failing to renew a contract which expires in four months.
He is available on a pre-contract agreement now, but the Reds need not to tempt him to Anfield with huge wages because, with fellow German Emre Can in their ranks, they simply don’t need the Madrid star.
Despite a tough start, the Reds’ progression in recent months has coincided with the former Bayern Munich ace’s inclusion in the XI – albeit in a defensive role - and boss Brendan Rodgers is delighted with his development.
“I thought he was outstanding in the middle,” Rodgers told the Mirror. "He is such a top class football player. His pace, his power, his ability to read the game and his ability to take the ball are all so impressive.
“He likes to play but he also likes to play in that back three as well and drive forward. He gives us that confidence on the ball. He has played three or four positions for me and he is a top class footballer.”
Despite his young age, Can has shown maturity beyond his years and like Gerrard he possesses that ability and awareness to drive forward and push the team on.
Former club idol Jan Molby recently spoke of the German U21 international’s leadership skills, and the great Dane isn’t alone in rooting for Can to be a future skipper and worthy successor to Anfield hero Gerrard.