Emre Can says being played in his true position has allowed him to improve

J├╝rgen Klopp

The Liverpool man has been a star since being moved up to midfield from centre-back.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has told the Telegraph that Jurgen Klopp's faith in him to play in midfield has been the key cause of his much-improved second season on Merseyside.

The 22-year-old was signed by Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers from Bayer Leverkusen for £9.75 million in 2014, and made 40 appearances in his debut campaign in a variety of positions but primarily as a central defender.

However, the German international learnt his trade as a midfielder, which was where he played for Leverkusen and Bayern Munich before his move to England.

Since Klopp's arrival in October, Can has become an integral player in the Reds midfield and has gone from a promising versatile talent to one of the most important midfielders at the club.

The star credits his improvement this season to that positional switch, and hailed the excellent relationship he has with Klopp as a key factor in his development.

Can told the Telegraph: "I have a good relationship with [Klopp]. I learned a lot from him and I am very happy at Liverpool. I feel very comfortable. I play that position I want to play. I feel at home in that position. I know that I can improve a lot more and I try to improve everything. I think I made a step forward since the manager came.

"He is very nice to work with. He talks with me a lot. It is small details, when I can turn, when I can get the ball away, when I can get forward. The most important thing is that I play a lot in my position so I can improve. That is very important for me."

It initially appeared that Can would miss the remainder of Liverpool's Premier League and Europa League campaigns after damaging his ankle ligaments in the second leg of the remarkable European quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund.

However, after training intensely following the injury he returned just three weeks later for the semi-final second leg with Villarreal, and is all but certain to start in Basel in the final against Sevilla on Wednesday.

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