Emre Can has stated that he grew up in Germany playing against players older than himself during an interview with the Daily Mail.
The Germany international went onto joke that he looks older that his current age of 21.
“I look older!’ he says with a self-deprecating smile,” Can went onto say in the interview with the Daily Mail.
“As a kid, my parents told me I always seemed to play football with older people. As a boy, I always trained in the age group above and even kicking about on the street, I’d play with the bigger ones.”
Can was rated the worst player on the field in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace according to WhoScored. The football statistic website gave the 21-year-old a rating of 4.8 for his performance during the Red’s defeat.
The young midfielder had previously made just four defensive errors since joining Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen last season despite playing most of the league campaign as a defender under the command of Brendan Rodgers.
The Germany international of Turkish origin has since been deployed as a central midfielder under Klopp and has started every game under the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.