Liverpool's Emre Can explains how playing in defence has benefited him

Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates scoring their third goal

Emre Can has been used in several roles since his arrival at Liverpool.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can believes that his experience playing as both part of the defensive line and in a deeper role has made him a better player, he told Sky Sports.

Can was used frequently as part of a back three under Brendan Rodgers but was moved further forward since the arrival of Jürgen Klopp as manager. The 22-year-old played in a deeper lying midfield role towards the end of last season but this term has been used in a more aggressive position which has allowed him to attack more. 

Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates scoring their third goalLiverpool's Emre Can celebrates 

The German told Sky Sports: "It was very good to learn how to build the game and it was very important for me. I enjoyed my time there but I feel at home in the midfield position. That's where I like to be."

He certainly seems to be enjoying his role a little more. During Liverpool's run to the Europa League final last season he was vital in games against the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal while this season he seems to be thriving on the responsibilities of carrying more of an attacking threat.

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with Sunderland's Duncan WatmoreLiverpool's Emre Can in action with Sunderland's Duncan Watmore

He is by no means the finished article and there is room for improvement. Some will look at his decision making but it is important to remember that he is still a young player, and that kind of thing will improve with experience. One other aspect that stands out is that it can take a while for Can to find his feet after a spell out of the side which can be a little frustrating to watch. 

The midfielder is certainly a good option for Klopp to have available to him, and seems to be establishing himself more and more within the side with each passing game. There's plenty to come from him yet as he will no doubt improve over the coming weeks, months and years. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Emre Can as he prepares to come onLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Emre Can

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