Emre Can: Which role does he suit in the current Liverpool side?

Emre Can playing for Bayern Munich in 2013

A promising footballer still looking for his place in the side, but whenever used in a role that looks close to his preferred position, he can look a little lost.

Without a doubt, the German is a talented footballer, but one can't help but watch Emre Can and think that something is not quite right about him, wherever he plays.

When he plays in midfield he looks awkward, sometimes the game can pass him by, but whenever he plays at the back he looks to be playing within himself. The 21-year-old is something of a conundrum in terms of fitting into the current Liverpool set-up. 

Ahead of the campaign, he said he preferred playing in the middle of the park, following on from a campaign in which he was predominantly used on the right side of a back three during the best run of what was otherwise a disappointing season for the Reds. Everyone appeared settled on the issue that he is not a right-back - though Germany coach Joachim Low has played him in that position in the recent Euro 2016 qualifiers. 

Part of the problem is Brendan Rodgers' change of systems so far this season: 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 4-4-1-1 and 3-4-1-2 have all been adopted, and the side have only played seven games in all competitions. Once the manager settles on one system, then players can settle into certain roles. 

There is little doubt that Can has talent, but he needs to operate in a system where the reins are loosened a little, and for him to be given more of a free role when he's on the ball - as he does when marauding forward in possession when operating as part of the back three. But if he does play there, you are not going to get the amount of goals that you would like from a footballer of his ilk.

Maybe it's the fact he's young, or maybe it's because the style of play of a Brendan Rodgers Liverpool side doesn't suit him too much, but there is certainly something missing from what is a talented footballer. What on paper looks right in practice doesn't always look so great in practice - but in time, one hopes he can turn things around.

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