Liverpool’s star midfielder Emre Can has thanked Brendan Rodgers for bringing him to the club, but claims Jurgen Klopp has helped him reach the next level because he can explain things in German!
Rodgers signed Can from Bayer Leverkusen in summer 2014, during the most expensive transfer window of Liverpool’s history.
The youngster failed to have an immediate impact, but eventually impressed as a centre-back, before he tied down the central midfield role under Rodgers’ replacement Jurgen Klopp.
Sadly, Can’s injured with ankle ligament damage, picked up during our epic Europa League victory over Borussia Dortmund last Thursday.
It’s unlikely we’ll see him again before the end of the season, which is a travesty considering his superb recent form. Against Dortmund he was arguably the best player on the pitch until his exit, producing a mesmeric assist after consecutive one-twos for Divock Origi’s goal.
“I have a lot to thank Brendan Rodgers for,” Can told DFB. “He brought me to Liverpool, and I always played under his management as well and learned a lot.
“But of course, it’s another thing having Klopp there…
“Those small details that you can get across better in your native tongue. It might be an advantage for him as well.
“I am very happy in Liverpool and have a long-term contract here. The Premier League was always my aim, it’s the best league in the world for me. I am happy here, I like it a lot.”
At 22-years-old, Can has the potential to develop into one of the Premier League’s best midfield destroyers, although his ability on the ball and dribbling suggests he’ll always offer a creative spark as well.
Without Can and Jordan Henderson, whose out with injury as well, Klopp is missing his first-choice midfield double pivot for our crunch Europa League semi-final with Villarreal.
In their places, Joe Allen, James Milner and Lucas are vying for two spots.