Liverpool have a ready-made replacement for Steven Gerrard in Emre Can, according to one of the 21-year-old’s national team coaches - who has been speaking to Bild.
Horst Hrubesch is the current manager of the Germany under-21 side and worked with Can at the European Championship earlier this summer.
Die Mannschaft’s youth team progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament, with Can scoring in the team’s opening game.
He was used primarily as a midfielder in Hrubesch’s team, despite spending much of the previous season playing in defence for Liverpool.
And speaking in an interview with Bild, his national team coach tipped Can to make the step up into midfield, as part of a move that would see him fill the role previously occupied by Gerrard.
“I was just in Liverpool. It was confirmed that Emre could assume the role of Gerrard in midfield. Emre definitely has leadership,” he told the German news provider.
Gerrard left Anfield in the summer and has already made a bright start to life with his new club, LA Galaxy, scoring one goal and setting up another on his debut.
Can made 27 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League last term and has been tipped to enjoy another standout campaign on Merseyside.
Will Can be the man to fill Gerrard’s boots? Brendan Rodgers will certainly be hoping so.