Stan Collymore says Emre Can can become world class; but only in midfield

Emre Can has found a new lease of life since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Stan Collymore has admitted that he believes Emre Can has the potential to be a world class player, although only as a midfielder.

He said: “I think that Emre Can, as I’ve mentioned before, if he plays as a midfielder, he can go on to become a world class midfielder.”

Can is naturally a midfielder, but under the management of Brendan Rodgers he was often shifted into a defensive role.

The 21-year-old’s ability on the ball and calmness in possession made him an attractive defensive option for Rodgers, who wanted his team to play the ball out the back.

However, Can struggled in terms of being an actual centre-back due to a lack of formal training there, and his progress seemed to falter.

This season started in much the same manner, being switched from defensive midfield to central midfield to centre-back with no apparent consistency, although Jurgen Klopp’s arrival as head coach has cemented Can as a midfielder.

Every game since Klopp was appointed has seen Can in midfield, and he has risen to prominence in recent weeks, with his strength in possession and passing vision making him a key figure in the new-look Liverpool team.

It is this midfield role which is clearly Can’s best position, and now that Klopp is playing him there, Collymore believes that the youngster can go on to fulfil his potential as a world class player.

However, he can only fulfil this potential if he continues to play as a midfielder, as that is the only position in which he can become world class.

Thankfully for both Can and Liverpool fans, Klopp looks to be the perfect coach to bring this potential out of the midfielder in the coming years.

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