Jan Aage Fjortoft says Liverpool star Emre Can 'could play for Germany soon'

The Norwegian believes the Liverpool midfielder turned defender can make it, despite previous criticism.

Liverpool snapped up German youngster Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, after the club reportedly met his release clause of £10 million, according to the BBC.

It was a deal not celebrated by one football pundit. Jan Age Fjortoft was unimpressed.

Fjortoft played for Swindon Town, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Barnsley during his five years in English football - gracing the Premier League during his time with Boro and The Tykes.

A Norwegian international with over 70 caps for the Scandinavian country throughout his 20-year footballing career - the 46-year-old forward ended his playing days outside of his homeland in Germany, which led him to a career in German television.

Back in June he said of the signing, as reported by The Express:

"I don’t think he is a good signing, I think he’s an average player in Germany.

"But Brendan Rodgers has shown before that he’s a much better manager than Jan Aage Fjortoft so we have to trust him in that department.

"I can’t see that he will improve Liverpool Football Club.”

But that has changed.

The midfielder has reverted to a centre-back role in the New Year. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had started playing a back three at Liverpool and Can has been used in that role because of his ball playing attributes and he has impressed.

Now the Norwegian has been singing his praises on Twitter even suggesting he could be in line for a call-up to the German national team.

If Can can continue to perform the way he has this season, he might actually prove Fjortoft correct on this occasion.

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