Liverpool concede just seven goals since Emre Can’s inclusion in starting line-up
Liverpool have won six and drawn four games while conceding just seven goals since Emre Can has been given a run in the starting eleven.
The Germany U20 international has been played Liverpool’s last 11 games at the right side of a three man defence.
“There was an adaptation period when he first came in,” Rodgers told Liverpool FC’s official website.
“For a boy of 20 arriving in a new country with new people and a new language it wasn’t easy.
“It was just a matter of picking the right time to put Emre in. Since he came on at Burnley, he has filled a gap for us defensively.
“He’s strong, aggressive and attacks the ball in the air. He gives good balance with the other two centre-halves.
“He can step in with the ball and create but he’s also aware of his defensive responsibilities. His composure is at a real good level.”
“I still think his future will be in central midfield but it’s one where the current structure is working very well for us with the team we have got,” he added.
The 21-year-old has been praised for his versatility this season. Can has played the last 12 games in defence despite being signed as a central midfielder from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.
Can put in another impressive performance on the weekend against rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby.
The Liverpool youngster was the Whoscored Man of the Match and received a rating of 8.30.
The 21-year-old made five successful tackles, three interceptions and one clearance.