Liverpool's Emre Can suggests he'll be playing in midfield next season

Can played in the defensive line for much of his first season at Anfield.

Liverpool's Emre Can has suggested to 11 Freunde that he will be playing a lot more in midfield for the Reds next season.

The 21-year-old impressed Liverpool fans during the second half of the last campaign, but rather than playing in his preferred central midfield position, he has been used on the right side of a defensive three - and misused at right-back towards the end of 2014/15. 

His goal for the Germany under-21 side in midweek underlined his credentials when playing further forward and highlighted what he has to offer. With Steven Gerrard now departed for MLS, there is a huge void to fill in the middle of the park. 

Can told German website ​11 Freun​de: "I’ll be playing my best position soon, which is central midfield. The coach [Brendan Rodgers] knows about it and sees it the same way I do."

Gerrard's boots are big ones to fill but Can has seen him close up, and explained the effect he had on him during the time they spent together at Anfield.

He added: "Since my childhood I have been following Steven Gerrard’s career at Liverpool. And now there is such a legend next to you and talking normally. He is not arrogant, a very quiet guy. Steven is a role model for all of us.

"It would be great if I have such a career [as Gerrard's], but I want to follow my own path. The farewell was hard for everybody."

Given the signing of James Milner on a free transfer from Manchester City this summer, competition is going to be pretty fierce for a place in the Liverpool midfield, and it will be interesting to see how the Reds line up next season in terms of their system.

What Can does possess is a bit of drive and decent technical ability, if he is given the time and space to run at opponents he could be quite a handful - as was demonstrated even when he was part of the back line. 

He may not have that luxury in the midfield, but Liverpool are likely to see much more quality from the German next season in his favoured position.

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