Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has talked up 21-year-old star Emre Can, saying he could be 'king' at Anfield and has said there is 'no better player'.
Can has arguably been the best piece of business Liverpool have done during the past year, maybe even under Brendan Rodgers after he signed for the club for around £10 million in the summer from Bayer Leverkusen.
Most of his games have come at the right side of a defensive three when Rodgers changed the system in order to turn around the club's fortunes.
Toure is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Emre is a top player.
“He has been playing outstandingly at the back and in midfield he is a very strong player. We like him here.
“I am not surprised how he has been doing because he has been working hard in training and he is a top professional. He is a young player but really good.
“Right now Jordan Henderson is very good (as captain) but there is no doubt this boy is going to be a king here definitely because he is a top player and can make a difference in games.
“He can score goals and his work-rate is amazing – there is no better player.”
Though he may only be 21, the German seems to have helped bring a degree of leadership to the back line, something which Rodgers tried to address in the summer by signing Dejan Lovren.
Emre Can arrived at the club stressing that his preferred role was in central midfield, where he has moved to on occasions - and looks as though he needs a bit more game time in the middle of the park to adapt to the others around him.
But his technique, drive and his instinct on the ball - even from centre-back - has allowed him to flourish and become one of the crowd favourites at Anfield.
It speaks volumes that a player with the experience of Toure thinks he could be a captain of the side, and rates among the best players at the club. Given he is still a good few years off his best years, Liverpool have a lot to look forward to with the young German.
However, the word 'king' is often associated with Kenny Dalglish, who is recognised by a large section of Liverpool's support as the club's greatest player, so he has a long way to go to merit the title - but there's a certainly a very talented footballer with lots of potential.