The German midfielder has admitted he wants to play in the boiler room and fill the outgoing skipper’s shoes.
Of last summer’s transfer business, few of Liverpool’s acquisitions can really be deemed a success, with a host of big-money additions failing to prove their worth.
The German has been deployed by Brendan Rodgers at centre-half in a three-man defence and also at right-back on occasion when needed.
Despite the fact that the former Bayern Munich star’s versatility is a real asset for the Anfield club, Can has stated that he wants to play in the centre of midfield.
The cultured star has stated that he is up to the task of replacing the outgoing Steven Gerrard in the club’s boiler room and has made his desire to play in midfield known to his manager.
“[Rodgers] talks all the time with me," Can told The Anfield Wrap podcast.
“He sees me as a midfield player and I hope next year to be playing in midfield. Of course he talks with me every day and says what I can do better. He helps my game.
“He wants to play football and that’s what I want. That’s why I came to Liverpool.
“I want to play in midfield and I can take the responsibility [of replacing Gerrard].”
Can’s comments suggest that the German could well be partnered with Jordan Henderson in the Liverpool midfield next year, with a focus on finding another centre-half to fulfil his role at the back.
The Merseyside outfit’s campaign fell by the wayside in the final months of the season, with a summer revamp expected at the club.