Liverpool star Emre Can was a real bright spark in West Brom draw

Liverpool drew 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion.

Liverpool’s holding midfielder Emre Can was a real bright spark for the Reds on Sunday as his side were held 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion.

The Reds went into the clash looking to bounce back from their defeat against Newcastle United and they made a good start, taking the lead through Jordan Henderson.

However, two set-piece goals gave the Baggies a shock lead and it took a last-gasp deflected Divock Origi effort to salvage a point for the hosts, one they ultimately deserved.

Henderson’s return was a big plus for Liverpool, as was Origi’s contributions off the bench. But the real bright spark was Emre Can as he put in a superb display at Anfield.

  Key PassesDef Duels WonTacklesInterceptionsBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesMins Played
Emre Can 4 6 3 4 11 103 77 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the former Bayern Munich was absolutely everywhere on Sunday and contributed greatly in a number of key areas.

In possession, Can was influential as he instigated a number of attacks from deep, taking as many as 103 touches and laying off 77 accurate passes over the course of the 90 minutes.

Defensively he was excellent in open play, contributing with three tackles, four interceptions, six defensive duels won and a hugely impressive 11 ball recoveries.

Can isn’t renowned for his creative instincts, yet he really found his range with his passing and West Brom struggled to read him, playing four key passes which was among his team’s highest tallies.

One point at home to West Brom may not have been Jurgen Klopp’s ideal result, yet there were plenty of positives for the German coach to work with and the post-match celebration reflected that.

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