The Reds faithful were enthused that the German was playing in midfield.
Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho made a return to action for the Liverpool Under-21s on Sunday afternoon against Porto at Corby Town. Corby fans were surprised and delighted to see them. Reds fans, meanwhile, were similarly so.
Especially when it came to 21-year-old Can. The German played in defensive midfield for the Anfield outfit's young side and that enthused plenty of fans on Twitter ahead of the coming season.
There's plenty of debate around who should start in Liverpool's midfield next term. James Milner and Jordan Henderson are the leading candidates but are they good enough in a defensive capacity? Both offer non-stop engines but someone has to sit back and protect the back four.
Lucas is perfect in that regard but, again, questions remain over whether he can produce on a regular enough basis for the Reds. The Brazilian's abilities are also very limited when it comes to offering more than just your bog-standard enforcer. Joe Allen, meanwhile, shouldn't be anywhere near the first team - but probably will.
Could Can, then, be the perfect answer for Liverpool's midfield? Or will more predictable struggles within the back four mean the 21-year-old is required in the back line once again?
Here's how Liverpool fans reacted as Can delivered a measured performance, albeit for the the Under-21s, in his natural midfield position:
Emre Can wearing the #6 shirt for the U21s today. Wouldn't that be nice? #LFC— Caleb Coy (@calebcoy23) July 26, 2015
Emre Can's ability to perform in a defensive midfield role could be crucial in defining how our season pans out.— ️ (@RedRegista) July 26, 2015
Everything pointing towards Emre Can being our holding midfielder this season. Rightly so.— Jack Sear (@JackSear) July 26, 2015
Good to know Emre Can is still Emre Can https://t.co/c0RABZxXPe— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) July 26, 2015
Mental to think Emre Can & Philippe Coutinho have spent their Sunday afternoon playing football in Corby.— Shaun Elliott (@Shaune17) July 26, 2015
With Emre Can playing defensive midfield role, i think Lfc will pose a threat to anyteam. But is B.Rodgers brave enough?— tega (@tega04) July 26, 2015
Emre Can being used as a DM in today's game for the U-21's and Coutinho in the midfield three. Make of that what you will— liverpoolstuff (@liverpooIstuff) July 26, 2015