Speaking to talkSPORT, Ray Wilkins has explained how he has been pleased with Jurgen Klopp’s decision to play Emre Can in his favoured midfield position, after spending much of his time under Brendan Rodgers in defence.
Wilkins said: “He’s playing Can in his best position. He is a midfield player. I saw him play last year with the German Under-21s, and he was absolutely outstanding as a central midfield player. That’s where he is playing now, and it looks as if he will develop into a hell of a midfield player.”
Can was signed by Rodgers last summer, but he spent much of his debut season in the Premier League being moved around between midfield and defence. Rodgers liked having such a talented ball player in his back-line, despite the fact that Can’s best skills were in midfield.
He started this campaign in the same manner, moving between centre-back and defensive midfield, but since Klopp was appointed head coach, Can has been a central part of the midfield.
He has played every game in the double pivot positions of a 4-2-3-1 formation, and Wilkins believes this is the role that Can should be playing for Liverpool.
In the Bundesliga and for Germany’s Under-21 side Can has built a reputation as a talented midfield player, and Wilkins believes he can develop into a truly top class midfielder if he remains in his favoured central position.
Thankfully for Can, it appears as if Klopp has the desire to keep him in midfield, and the youngster is sure to continue developing whilst with Liverpool.