Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers spoke to the BBC following his side’s 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion, hailing one player in particular for his performances since arriving at Anfield this summer.
Emre Can signed for Liverpool from German side Bayer Leverkusen and he has already been tasked with playing in some very different roles.
Most commonly known as a central midfielder, the 21-year-old has featured regularly as one of three centre-backs this season. But against West Brom, Can switched to right-back and impressed once again.
“I thought Emre Can was incredible today for a young player who I’ve asked to play in a number of positions,” the Liverpool manager said.
That versatility suggests Liverpool have signed a wonderful addition to their side, and one who excels regardless of where he is asked to play.
Ultimately it would be no surprise if the former Bayern Munich man became a regular starting midfielder, perhaps as early as next season, but for now he is strengthening the Reds’ back-line in fine style.
While Liveprool have developed many of their own young players, it seems in the case of Can they have paid for someone set to blossom with the best of them.