Liverpool youngster Emre Can could be a future club captain, according to assistant manager Colin Pascoe.
The German who arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, has become an integral part in the Red’s side, and is one of Brendan Rodgers’ consistent performers.
Despite primarily being a midfielder, Can’s impressive performances have come in Liverpool’s back three, alongside Martin Škrtel and Mamadou Sakho, The Reds conceded their 1st goal in over 415 minutes of league football against Tottenham, thanks to the trio, where the German’s leadership qualities were distinguishably highlighted.
With current captain Steven Gerrard set to leave Anfield at the end of the season, the Merseyside club will be on the hunt for a new leader. When asked about Can’s ability to lead Liverpool in the future, Pascoe said “He is young, he is learning his game, but in years to come I am sure he will progress to be one of them.
“He is a leader on the pitch and the way he is playing he has been fantastic.
“But at the moment he himself is probably not even looking at that sort of thing.”
Gerrard came off in the second half of Tuesday’s victory over Tottenham due to a suspected hamstring injury, which could see the the 34-year-old sidelined for upto 3 weeks. Can stepped in the vacant midfield berth, but despite Gerrard’s injury, Pascoe insists Can’s revelation in defence will see the Bayern Munich youth product starr at the back for Brendon Rodgers.
“When we were monitoring him to come into Liverpool he could play at centre-half but the opportunity arose for him to go into a back three – where he has been fantastic.”
“But you could see the other night when he stepped into midfield he does want to play there, it is his position, and he is a great asset.”
“He is a great lad and a good player. He hasn’t moaned about anything or knocked on the manager’s door, he has waited for his chance and grabbed it with both hands.”
“If Emre Can had to go into midfield there is another possibility but with Jordan and Joe there we have enough cover,” the Welshman said.
Can arrived from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for €12 million, which saw the German U-21 International’s release clause activated. His solo goal for the Merseysiders came against Chelsea in his sides’ 1-2 defeat at Anfield back in November.