Emre Can has stated that nobody can replace Liverpool’s former captain Steven Gerrard.
The 21-year-old went onto state that not even Leonel Messi would be able to fill the void left by the LA Galaxy midfielder.
Gerrard joined the MLS over the summer after spending his entire career at Liverpool.
“I don’t think anyone can replace Steven Gerrard, be it Messi or whoever,” Can told the Daily Mail.
“Of course I would like to follow in his path but he really was the best player for Liverpool, not just on the pitch but off the pitch as well.”
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.