Why a Liverpool move for Gundogan makes little sense with Emre Can at Anfield

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The Reds have been linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, but Jurgen Klopp should look to develop their German starlet first.

Liverpool signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan would make little sense while Emre Can is still at the club.

With Jurgen Klopp taking over from Brendan Rodgers last week, the Reds have quickly been linked with a number of Klopp’s former stars at the German side.

The latest of those is his former star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, with TuttoMercatoWeb claiming that he and his new side were keen on making a move for the highly rated German midfielder.

A move would make little sense though given that the club currently have midfielder Emre Can, who could be moulded into the role that Gundogan has played over the years.

The midfielder was brought into Anfield last summer, the only one of several signings who has looked worth the money, and has shown that he has all the qualities to be the perfect replica for Klopp’s former star.

First and foremost that would require him being tactically and defensively astute. That is not something Can would struggle with though, with his deployment in central defence under Rodgers a clear indication he is just that in both areas.

Fitness is also a vital part, as Gundogan’s role often saw him pressing high up the pitch with the aim of winning possession back in the opposition half.

Here is an area Can excels in, with his physical and powerful presence something that Bundesliga fans in particular will be well aware of. Liverpool fans have also had the odd glimpse as well, with last weekend’s Merseyside derby a clear indication of those attributes.

Passing would also play its part in that role, and while he is yet to shown he is the best passer in the game; it is certainly not an area he struggles in.

All of which makes him the perfect man for Klopp to mould in Gundogan’s image, which would be a perfect outcome for the midfielder following a somewhat frustrating first year at Anfield.

Given that spending big money, which would be need to secure the Dortmund star in future, hasn’t worked out very well for the Reds so far, perhaps it is time for them to develop what they have already, and Can should be their first port of call.

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