Liverpool blew a two goal lead to lose 3-2 against Southampton in the Premier League over the weekend.

Emre Can started in Liverpool’s midfield and here are three things we learned following his performance.

1. Consistency  

Liverpool imploded in the second half against Southampton but one of the few players to maintain a high level of performance was Emre Can. The 22-year-old has consistently put on noteworthy displays for most of the season and won over the support of Reds fans following the game.

2. Growing Influence

Can has won over the fans as well as Jurgen Klopp this season. The Germany international of Turkish origin has been a pillar in Klopp’s side playing consistently in midfield under his stewardship. In fact only goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has played more this season (45) than Can (43). The young midfielder is expected to escape the summer exodus although his midfield partner Jordan Henderson may just be on his way out depending on how you interpret Klopp’s post match comments: “Everything is OK in this moment but nobody in the world, maybe only [Lionel] Messi, is unsellable.

“I am pretty sure it is only a rumour [Tottenham wanting Henderson] but if not and if a player – let’s not say Hendo but any player – comes to me and says he doesn’t feel comfortable and wants to leave, style of play, more money, then you always have to start thinking.”

3. Box-to-Box

Can was given a box-to-box role against Southampton and his stats were pretty good making 66 passes at an 88 percent accuracy and made the highest number of interceptions in midfield (3). The powerful midfielder worked hard in midfield both defensively and going forwards making surging forwards runs and creating two goal scoring chances.

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