Liverpool legend Jan Molby has told the Liverpool Echo he feels it will be a while before Emre Can produces consistent form in the side’s midfield.
Can has been utilised by Brendan Rodgers in a defensive role and has been solid playing at the back, with Molby suggesting he’ll face a real challenge when he’s eventually moved back into the middle of the team.
“I think it will be some time before he can produce the same form in midfield as the back three,” he wrote.
“He’s definitely a midfielder, he moves like a midfielder, he thinks like a midfielder. But at the back is where the boy clearly feels most confident at the moment.”
Can’s versatility and intelligence to adapt to a new position have been impressive, but with Steven Gerrard leaving after this season, there will be a need to improve the presence in the heart of the team for next season.
Rodgers likes central midfielders who work hard and Can’s move forward could allow Jordan Henderson to nudge further forward to try and have more influence in terms of creativity and drive going forward.
For now, there doesn’t seem like much sense in moving him from the backline.
Liverpool are fighting for a place in the Premier League’s top four and could still win the FA Cup, both of which represent the signs of a successful season.
There’s no sense making a change, which could affect the confidence and momentum of the team in a key area. The change can take place when Liverpool know more about where they’ll be next season.