Liverpool star Emre Can had a bitterly disappointing evening on Sunday as he lost his way somewhat during his side’s 2-1 home defeat to Premier League opponents Crystal Palace.
The German midfielder was tasked alongside Lucas Leiva to provide a shield in-front of his back four and stop the evident dangers posed by Palace’s wide men.
However, his afternoon of horror began very much in the opening 10 minutes of the game as the Eagles regularly found pockets of space and really pinned the hosts back in their own half.
Goals from Yannock Bolasie and Scott Dann either side of a Philippe Coutinho equaliser gave Alan Pardew’s men victory, but it was a bitter one for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to swallow.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Can just failed to perform anywhere near his capabilities and it came as no surprise when he was substituted midway through the second period.
The former Bayern Munich youngster made just one tackle and two effective clearances while failing to get the better of his opponents – illustrated by the number of defensive and aerial duels lost.
Can has plenty of ability, both as a versatile defender and as a holding midfielder.
However, considering his young age he is still vulnerable to the odd poor performance and this certainly fell into that category. Even in possession, he struggled to pick out his teammates.
A defeat for Klopp as Liverpool boss was always going to happen, but the popular coach would have preferred it to come virtue of opposition brilliance rather than his own side’s deficiencies.
The Reds and Can will have to wait two weeks before having the chance to put this one behind them when they face league leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium after the international break.