Liverpool came back from a goal down to pick up all three points away from home at Selhurst Park over the weekend.
The Reds victory saw them move up to seventh place with 44 points in 28 points. Jurgen Klopp’s side are six points off forth placed Manchester City.
Emre Can started in Liverpool’s midfield and here are three things we learned following his performance.
1. Has Jurgen Klopp found Emre Can’s best position?
Jurgen Klopp’s recent switch in Liverpool’s tactical set-up seems to have uncovered Emre Can’s best position. The Germany international has arguably played his two strongest games playing as part of a two man central midfield alongside Jordan Henderson, with Roberto Firmino ahead in the number ten role.
Klopp recently spoke mentioned Can’s recent run of form in his new position during an interview saying, “Emre Can’s second game in that role was really good.”
2. Emre Can stepped up in James Milner’s absence
Emre Can started for Liverpool and put on a man of the match performance, playing a key role in making up the numbers following the dismissal of James Milner.
The former Bayern Munich man was hugely influential both defensively and in the final third. Can made the highest number of passes for his side with 83 percent accuracy helping his side retain possession even when down to 10 men.
3. Emre Can’s attacking contributions
Can was not only effective in breaking up Crystal Palace’s attacking moves. The Germany international worked assiduously and was a threat going forwards making the highest number of successful dribbles during the game (5).
The box-to-box midfielder has shown that he is both strong defensively and technically adept, can helped break up opponents attacks and then moved forward to kickstart Liverpool’s attacks.