Emre Can reached a personal landmark on Saturday as he made his 100th appearance for Liverpool.
The German made the move to Merseyside from Bayer Leverkusen during the summer of 2014 and has been an impressive performer in a range of positions since his arrival.
Can’s versatility has seen him play as a centre-back in a defensive trio, as a right-back and as a central midfielder. He has gradually secured his place in the middle of the park, though, and demonstrated his value in front of Jurgen Klopp’s back four.
Speaking prior to making his 100th appearance for the Reds, he told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s great to play my 100th game for such a big club. It’s a big honour for me. I am very thankful to everybody here at the club – the fans, the staff, the staff behind the staff, my teammates and the coaches.”
“If I think back to when I first came to Melwood and then played my first game, it’s nice.”
The 22-year-old has been a great addition, injecting much needed power and energy into the side and going on to become a key implementer of Klopp’s desired intensity and work rate.
His progression has been admirable. He is now looking to build on his tireless defensive work by contributing to his side’s attacking moves and evolving into an ever-improving box to box midfielder.
Klopp will have a real asset at his disposal if Can continues to develop at this speed.