Liverpool star Emre Can had one of his best games in recent weeks as he put in an instrumental defensive performance during Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Queens Park Rangers.
The German Under-21 international initially joined the Reds as a defensive midfielder but has performed for much of the past six months as part of a three-man defence.
With his ability to read the ball, provide interceptions and instigate attacks from the back via solid distribution, the centre-back role assigned to him has arguably worked beyond expectations.
Brendan Rodgers’ men made hard work of their 2-1 win over QPR and while Gerrard may well get the plaudits for his winning goal, Can’s performance was equally as good.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Bayern Munich youngster was solid throughout as he played alongside Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren, often covering the right-back slot.
He produced an impressive seven tackles, nine ball recoveries and 11 defensive duel winners while displaying a cool head in possession, recording 50 accurate passes.
Philippe Coutinho gave the hosts a first-half lead before Leroy Fey stunned Anfield into silence with an equalising goal largely against the run of play.
Steven Gerrard saw a late penalty saved, but just as it looked like the hosts would be held the Kop idol came up trumps with a late header to all but condemn the Hoops to relegation.
As for Can, he completed his 24th Premier League appearance in his debut campaign and once again showed his potential to be a big player in the club’s future.