Emre Can ‘can improve’ says Liverpool legend

Martin Tyler

Emre Can ‘can improve’ says Liverpool legend [divider]

Former Liverpool player and football pundit Jamie Carragher believes Emre Can has room to improve as a defender.

Carragher replied to an article in Metro criticising him for his comments directed at Can following the Reds 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.

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“Think he’s [Emre Can] done well at CB but don’t think he’s looked totally comfortable defending in those games but he can improve that!!” Carragher tweeted.

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Carragher questioned whether Can can cut it against top-class players following the Chelsea game.

“He played really well in the last five or six games bringing the ball out,” he said on Sky Sports.

“But against top-class players he’s been found wanting. He got beaten too easily and tried to rectify it and made two mistakes.”

Can was criticised for conceding a penalty which led to Chelsea’s goal during the 1-1 draw.

The 21-year-old has played as a defender since first being deployed in the Liverpool back-line against Burnley on Boxing Day.

Can has played the last seven games in defence despite his strongest position being in central midfield.

The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has made 16 appearances for the Reds in all competitions this season.

Can was born in Germany but can represent either his country of birth of Turkey at international level due to being of Turkish heritage.