Former Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he thinks Emre Can will be the man to fill Steven Gerrard’s shoes at Liverpool.
Gerrard announced earlier this season that he would not be extending his Liverpool contract beyond this season, which will create a massive hole in the side’s midfield for Brendan Rodgers to fill.
The obvious choice is Jordan Henderson who is playing well in a captaincy role for the club, but Warnock has suggested that Liverpool’s German star can step up and become the next midfield legend at Anfield.
“I look at Emre Can and I think he can step into Steven Gerrard’s role,” said Warnock.
Can struggled to make an impact at the club after moving from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, but he’s excelling in Rodgers’ current system.
He looks very comfortable in a role across Liverpool’s backline but is arguably more effective when he steps forward into a holding midfield role.
That may be where Rodgers chooses to use him consistently next season considering that he won’t have Gerrard to rely on in the middle of his team.
The big challenge for Rodgers is ensuring he’s comfortable when moved back into a midfield role and not too affected by being constantly moved between defence and midfield.