Germany’s World Cup winning manager Joachim Löw has confirmed that Emre Can is very much on his radar following his excellent debut season with Liverpool – and his promising form with the Under-21 side during this summer’s European Championships.
“Emre Can from Liverpool is someone we’re following. He’s a very interesting player. Technically strong, versatile, shows good body language. He has a good, all-round game,” Löw told Bola.
Our young midfielder has just returned to Melwood for pre-season preparations, after being allowed an extended break following his international exploits.
Last term was an undeniable failure, but Can was one of its few success stories. Deployed in defence, he showed fantastic composure on the ball and an ability to drive forward into midfield – the position where most Reds wants him used this coming season.
Germany’s Under-21 coach reckons that with Steven Gerard gone, the protege could take our former captain’s position on the pitch.
“I was just in Liverpool. It was confirmed that Emre could so assume the role of Gerrard in midfield. Emre definitely has leadership,” he told Bild.
With Jordan Henderson and James Milner having seemingly nailed down centre-midfield starting points, Can’s best chances of starting are if he manages to beat Lucas and Joe Allen to the starting anchorman role in the 4-3-3.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Brendan Rodgers decides to trust him here early on, or if he goes with one of his more experienced exponents.