When Emre Can joined Liverpool he was used as a utility player under Brendan Rodgers, and after the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum there was cause to believe that the German would play a similar role for Jurgen Klopp. However, Can has proved to be worth so much more than that and his value has risen considerably after his performances against Hoffenheim and Arsenal.
Can was instrumental in Liverpool’s victory over Hoffenheim, he scored twice and led by example. That effort and commitment continued in the Reds 4-0 thumping of Arsenal. The German’s passing was second to none and his ability to break the shackles and burst forward led to devastating results.
Plenty of MOTM contenders out there today but Emre Can deserves it. Sensational throughout.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 27, 2017
In fact, his actions was probably the best example of Klopp’s infamous “heavy metal” football. Winning the ball high up the pitch, and then pressing forward in big numbers. If Can wasn’t dispossessing Arsenal directly, he was always the first player to start the move forward.
Can created two huge chances for Liverpool from his positive play, one Mohamed Salah should have finished. The German beat the Arsenal player every time he attempted to take them on, and that led him to have a couple shots on goal himself as well.
I said to Ramsey You must still be full of energy. He said Why? I said Because you've spent the whole first half in Emre Can's back pocket.
— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) August 27, 2017
However, as we mentioned earlier, Can’s passing was impeccable. The German completed 88% of them, and the majority of those passes were forward. He also won 77% of his duels, including a 75% win rate in the air.
Emre Can could be one of Liverpool’s best players this season, and that is certainly something to talk about with the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah all producing. Keep an eye on Can, it will be interesting to see this tale develop, and how it may evolve with the likes of Adam Lallana and maybe Philippe Coutinho to return to the fold.
Emre Can 2017-18
- Shots – 2
- Total passes – 90
- Accurate long balls – 7
- Tackle success – 80%
- Recoveries – 13
- Duels won – 18
Emre Can's game by numbers vs. Arsenal:
100% aerial duels won
88% pass accuracy
2 chances created
Colossus performance. pic.twitter.com/JHIn4FEaV2
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 27, 2017