Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Emre Can is best suited to a midfield role.
Rodgers did however, play Can as a defender in his back three and as a right-back in a back-four for most of the season.
The Reds boss did however, underlined that Can is versatile to play in multiple roles when required.
“As you see he can play in the back three, against Newcastle he played as one of the two centre-halves when we played a back four and was comfortable,” Rodgers was quoted as saying in the Liverpool Echo.
“But I think his passing range, his strength, his power he’s best in midfield and I think once again he’s finding his fitness.”
Can returned late to pre-season straining after spending most of the summer at the European U21 Championships with Germany.
The Germany youth national team crashed out in the semi-final stages after a humiliating 5-0 defeat against Portugal.
Can is expected to feature more regularly as a midfielder this season but could face competition from the likes of Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and James Milner.
The 21-year-old was born in Germany and is of Turkish heritage making him eligible for both national teams at senior international level.