John Aldridge reacts on Twitter to Can performance, picks Clyne as man of the match

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The former Liverpool striker was delighted with the duo on Twitter.

Philippe Coutinho ensured Liverpool could celebrate their Premier League opener on Sunday afternoon, with the Brazilian sending a typically brilliant strike into the back of the net from distance late on, giving the Reds all three points against Stoke City.

But it was Emre Can who former Liverpool striker John Aldridge singled out post-match on Twitter. He also picked right-back Nathaniel Clyne as his man of the match, praising the Reds' ability to play 'very average' yet win at a difficult venue such as the Britannia Stadium.

Can, 21, made a 'big impact,' however, and it was no surprise Liverpool were able to push for a winner when the German midfielder came on.

Game-changer

Brendan Rodgers should really have known Liverpool needed a holding midfielder, as Jordan Henderson and James Milner are both workhorses with great engines but are very similar to each other in midfield.

Credit to the head coach for identifying that problem in the second half, however, as Can's introduction allowed Henderson, Milner and, most importantly, Coutinho to push forward.

Rodgers was about to substitute Coutinho but the Brazilian then produced a moment of brilliance. It all worked out.

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