Emre Can dominates the midfield, but Liverpool collapse v Sunderland

Emre Can is starting to properly establish himself as Liverpool’s most important midfielder.

Liverpool suffered a disappointing collapse on Saturday afternoon, falling to a 2-2 draw in the final 10 minutes of their game with Sunderland.

They were leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, but Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe capitalised in the final stages of the game to draw level and steal a point.

It was a shocking collapse for the Reds to endure, but this should not take away from some impressive performances by a group of the Liverpool players.

Firmino was impressive, with his goal capping a top class performance, but Emre Can was a less heralded, but equally important, part of the Reds’ set-up.

Can has always shown potential at Anfield, but since the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as head coach, he is starting to live up to his talent. The German youngster is no longer being moved to a different position every week, and he is starting to establish himself in the Liverpool midfield.

This was shown again over the weekend against Sunderland, when Can controlled the midfield with a top class performance.

Passing AccuracyInterception WonEffective ClearanceDuel WonTackles AccuracyAerial WonBall RecoveryDispossessedMins Played
Emre Can86.440677966102%1010100%26290

The 22-year-old was acting as the holding midfielder, winning 100% of his tackles, and completing 10 duels. He was dispossessed twice, but his positive work as a defensive presence far outweighed any errors.

His 128 touches were at least 26 more than any other player in the game, whilst his 117 passes were also 26 more than any other player.

Notably he completed an impressive 87.2% of his passes, one of the highest rates in the entire game.

Can has endured a tough time on Merseyside, but Klopp is starting to use him correctly, and the young German is starting to show his worth to Liverpool on a weekly basis.

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