Jurgen Klopp looking for improvement from 'big talent' Emre Can

Liverpool Banner

The German has flourished with consistent displays in central midfield under his new manager.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has labelled Emre Can as a big talent, but insists there is still room for improvement from him.

The German international has been one of several players that have considerably improved under Klopp since he replaced Brendan Rodgers earlier in the season.

He showed his confidence with an assured midweek performance against Southampton, producing a stunning pass to set up Daniel Sturridge for his second goal of the game.

Can has been one of the only bright spots of the last couple of summer transfer windows, and Klopp says he is a big talent for the future.

“Emre, like the team, is in a good way,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“He's 21, but he doesn't look like it. Often in his game he doesn't look 21, sometimes he looks like 18!”

“Emre is a really good player. He's a big talent but like every young player he has to learn.”

The German boss has also admitted that he may be forced to use Can as a defender once more in future.

The midfielder is comfortable in defence, with former manager Brendan Rodgers having used him at centre back, right back and as a wing back at times.

He has been used a midfielder to Klopp to great effect, but with Liverpool struggling for fit centre halves, a return to defence may be necessary for a period.

"If we lost another centre-half he would be the next option as he can play there,” added the Liverpool boss.

"For a young player it's more important to play than to play in the right position.”

"In the German national team sometimes he plays full-back. It's not his best position but he can play there.”

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch