Liverpool midfielder Emre Can to be offloaded unless he improves, says former star
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can could find himself on his way out of Anfield if his performances do not improve, according to Stan Collymore.
The former Liverpool striker and England international believes Can must improve his game if he is to remain at the Mersyside club.
“The midfield, the much vaunted midfield of Can, Wijnaldum and Henderson needs to be organised better, and a player that I rate highly, Emre Can, needs to go back to the drawing board, as he’s not delivering the awesome physical power, in game reading and dynamism that he undoubtedly has”, he Stan Collymore wrote in his BoyleSports column.
Can joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen under Brenden Rodgers and was initially used as a defender.
The Germany international flourished during Jurgen Klopp’s first term in charge but has struggled this season.
Can’s poor form may partly be down to the fact he returned late to pre-season training following Euro 2016.
Jurgen Klopp also recently stated that Can’s poor form is partly down to a calf injury he has been carrying.
“Emre has for the first time had no problems with his calves,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“We need him. In different parts of the game he is really consistent for us, and Chelsea was his best game for a few weeks, that is for sure.
“He has this calf issue which we are still looking into and trying to find out why. Is it his back? Is it his ankle?”
The 22-year-old stated on the bench during Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham last weekend.
Can has one assist and three goals in 19 apperances for the Reds this season.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has the chance to rest key players this weekend before facing the reigning Premier League champions Leicester City next Monday.
Klopp’s side currently find themselves in fifth place with 49 points after 25 games.