Jurgen Klopp unsure of Emre Can’s best position for Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp thinking

The German has been used in a number of positions, and his new manager admits that may remain the case for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Emre Can may continue to be moved around at the club in future.

The German has so far been used in several positions since arriving at Anfield last summer, with him spending the majority of last season as a centre-back in a three-man defence.

So far he has returned to his favoured midfield position in Klopp’s first two games since he replaced Brendan Rodgers, but the German admits he can play any role and may be shifted again in Sunday’s clash with Southampton.

“I think he is a midfield player but of course he can play different positions and that’s the good thing with Emre,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

“At this moment, I don’t know who can play on Sunday again and maybe Emre will play in another position. I hope he can play and then we will think about this. I’ve known him for some years and I know he is usually a midfield player but he can play any role.”

While it is true that Can is capable of operating in a number of roles, it has become obvious that he is best deployed in a central midfield berth.

More than anything, the energy and power he brings to the side is vital in that position, with him being the perfect embodiment of the high-pressing game Jurgen Klopp wants to see from his side.

Given his age as well, there is every opportunity for the German to develop into a top midfielder under his new manager, perhaps into the Ilkay Gundogan role that was so pivotal in his successful Borussia Dortmund side.

Both of those reasons mean he should stick to playing in midfield rather than continuing to be used as a utility man.

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