Emre Can has shed some light on what has allowed him to experience such an inspired revival at Liverpool over recent weeks.
The German has followed up criticism towards his supposed stuttering contract negotiations earlier this year by becoming one of Jurgen Klopp’s key men in Liverpool’s Champions League run-in.
Can’s spectacular bicycle kick saw him earn the Reds a valuable three points in Monday night’s game at Watford and typified his drastic rise to form.
It seems the midfielder’s dip in form earlier on in the season can be explained by an ongoing injury problem that, despite being mentioned briefly by Klopp at times, has often gone forgotten.
“The first seven, eight months were very difficult for me because I always dragged the calf injury,” Can told German newspaper Bild, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
“It was only in the last four or five games that I was able to play free. I’d take the joy of being free of pain, over the fact that I have a dream goal.”
“It is very nice, a good feeling for every professional to be without pain.”
The way he has been prepared to play through injury is testament to his desire to play and deserves recognition for the commitment it displays.
Can’s rejuvenation has gone someway towards diminishing the belief held by a number of Reds that he wasn’t worth such a lucrative new deal. The verdict now is that he is well worth keeping hold of.