61 passes, 5 aerial winners: Liverpool midfielder Emre Can impresses on international duty

Emre Can playing for Bayern Munich in 2013

Liverpool’s Emre Can had a fine game for Germany on Friday.

Liverpool defensive midfielder Emre Can had a superb game for Germany, featuring in an unfamiliar right-back position as the World Cup winners beat rivals Poland 3-1 in Frankfurt.

The 21-year-old joined the Reds from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014, a deal which was widely praised considering his age and huge potential.

Since moving to Merseyside, Can has acted very much as a utility man, featuring in a defensive midfield role, a further forward midfield position and also at centre-back as part of a back three.

Against Poland, the former Bayern Munich youngster was switched again as boss Jurgen Low deployed him at right-back as the world champions continue to seek their ideal Philippe Lahm replacement.

  TacklesEffective ClearancesInterceptionsAerial WinnersTouchesPass Success %Key PassesMins Played
Emre Can 2 3 1 5 61 88.5% 1 90

As per the table above, Can impressed throughout as he dominated in a number of key areas.

From a defensive perspective, the Liverpool star contributed with two tackles, one interception, three effective clearances and five aerial duel winners as he used his height to good effect.

Considering his natural position as a holding midfielder, Can was extremely comfortable in possession and was used as a reliable outlet when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had the ball at his feet.

Can took a total of 61 touches and averaged an 88.5% pass completion rate – among his side’s best.

Low’s side overcame an ever-improving Poland outfit 3-1, with the goals on both sides coming virtue of Bayern Munich trio Mario Goetze (2), Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski for the visitors.

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