Emre Can has hit the ground running since his return to Liverpool’s starting eleven this season and the statistics are there to back up the influence he is having.
Figures released by whoscored.com demonstrate just how important the German has been in helping his side improve defensively over the past few weeks.
Liverpool’s defensive solidity was a major concern heading into the new season and still it remains to be an issue, but only because this team has a great chance of mounting a title challenge.
Fixing our supposedly leaky defence has been a clear objective for Jurgen Klopp over recent months and the glimpses of improvement are there for all to see.
Conceding fewer goals is the only way this very talented team has a chance of challenging at the top of the Premier League.
Can has only started six games in the league so far but has slotted back into Klopp’s central midfield trio perfectly and is continuing to grow into his role as a box-to-box player.
While there has been a clear impetus towards the German occupying more advanced positions and joining in with the side’s attacking moves, he has continued to be a vital defensive presence.
The graphic presenting Liverpool’s more impressive defensive record with rather than without Can is testament to how far he has developed this season. He poses as yet another individual making a significant contribution.