Liverpool youngster Emre Can does not want to be next Steven Gerrard

Liverpool star revealed that he has been flattered with pundits heralding him as the next Steven Gerrard but admitted he wants to follow his own path going into the future.

Can was asked what he thought about being tipped as the successor to Gerrard in an interview with 11Freunde.

“I’ve read some of it. It would be great if I could have such a career, but I want to follow my own path,” Can responded.

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Gerrard left the Reds for the MLS after spending his entire career at the club. The Liverpool legend was widely regarded as one of the greatest players the club has ever seen.

Can does play a similar position to Gerrard although Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did use him as a central defender in a back-three and as a right-back last season.

The 21-year-old has however, been playing as a central midfielder for the Germany U21 side and is expected to play a similar role for the Reds after the summer break.

Can scored in the opening U21 Euro Championship game for Germany U21s against Serbia U21s but it was not enough to win the game which ended in a 1-1 draw.