Benfica midfielder Filip Djuricic may have given Serbia an early lead in their u21 Euro 2016 clash with Germany yesterday evening, but Liverpool youngster Emre Can responded in fine fashion, faking a shot to beat the defence before finishing coolly to the far post. The 21-year old, deployed in the midfield for his country, looked every bit the player the Reds expect him to become as the the tournament favourites ended up sharing the spoils in their opening match.
“As a newcomer, it’s normal that there’s a certain period of adaptation, but I have always believed in myself and haven’t regretted making the move to Liverpool for a second,” Can told German media outlet 11Freunde before confirming that he’ll be targeting a spot in the Reds midfield after being shuffled around last season. “It can be a disadvantage, but it can help a young player as well,” he said of playing in the back three as a central defender. “I want to play as much as possible. At the moment I am content, but I’ll be playing my best position soon, which is central midfield. The coach knows about it and sees it the same way I do.”
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With long serving Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard heading off for the sunny shores of America next season, there’ll be a noticeable, gaping hold in the Reds midfield next season. While club-mate Jordan Henderson has been pipped to take the captain’s armband, there’s a real feeling that Can will be the one to step into the role that the 35-year old filled for all those years — a sentiment both shared, and confirmed by a coach that knows his quite well.
“I was just in Liverpool,” German u21 boss Horst Hrubesch told TZ in a recent interview before revealing the the 21-year old was headed for big things at Anfield. “There was confirmed that Emre soon to assume the role of Gerrard in midfield.” While those remain some mighty big boots to fill, if Can keeps performances consistent in the middle of the park this summer for his country, he could very well prove his coach right.