Danny Murphy: I'd like to see Can move into Liverpool's midfield next season

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy suggested a change Brendan Rodgers could make to his squad.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT that he wants to see German star Emre Can move into midfield next season.

Can has featured heavily in a back three under Brendan Rodgers this season, but Murphy suggested he needs to be moved forward into midfield to provide protection to the backline.

“I really want to see Emre Can moved forward into midfield next season,” said Murphy.

Brendan Rodgers deserves credit for seeing something in Can, which allowed him to address a problem in the side this season but there is merit in moving him forward.

His stats in key areas, which are important to any holding player, are impressive.

  PositionTeamWon Tackles Per GameInterceptions Won Per GameDuels Won Per GameAppearancesMins Played
Lucas Leiva MF Liverpool 2.72 1.5 6.22 18 1,198
Emre Can MF Liverpool 2.32 1.48 6.28 25 1,930
Jordan Henderson MF Liverpool 1.71 0.89 4.26 35 3,075
Alberto Moreno DF Liverpool 1.54 1.19 4.15 26 2,130
Adam Lallana MF Liverpool 1.52 0.44 4.92 25 1,634
Dejan Lovren DF Liverpool 1.32 1.84 6.2 25 1,946
Steven Gerrard MF Liverpool 1.26 0.78 3.15 27 2,056
Martin Skrtel DF Liverpool 0.97 1.71 4.94 31 2,790

He ranks well alongside his Liverpool teammates in terms of tackles won, the way he reads the game and the number of duels he’s won, which would allow him to be competitive in that area.

It’s also a role and position, which would help to compensate slightly for the absence of Steven Gerrard.

Someone like Jordan Henderson would have more licence to get further forward to support the other attacking options in midfield, with Can providing the security in behind.

The key for Rodgers is not only adding well in the transfer market, but also tweaking the options he already has across his team to make Liverpool stronger as a unit next year.

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