£10m Can glad to be proving his quality at Liverpool

Emre Can is happy to play in any position for Liverpool, as long as it ultimately helps the club in their bid to reach their objectives.

The German Under-21 international was signed by Brendan Rodgers during the summer, when the Reds manager spent £10million of his budget to lure him from Bayer Leverkusen. The 21-year-old was expected to challenge to become a regular fixture in the heart of the midfield at Anfield, but he has recently impressed on the right of a three-man central defence.

Can has received many plaudits for his displays in this makeshift position, even leading to suggestions this could be his long-term future at the club. And although Rodgers is sure to try and play the youngster in his natural midfield position as he looks to reshape his side, the player insists he is willing to play wherever as long as he helps the team compete at the top end of the table.

“From my point of view, it doesn’t matter where I play, the main thing is to be on the pitch where I can help the team,” Can, who began his career at Bayern Munich, said. “If I can help the team by playing in midfield, then I will play in midfield. If I am needed at the back, I will play in defence. Luckily, the manager is playing me and I am gaining in confidence the more I play.”

The Reds have found their form in recent weeks having failed to impress in the early part of the season, and their aim of a top-four finish is once more a realistic one. Their attention this weekend turns to the FA Cup and a trip to Crystal Palace, the scene of their collapse last season when they led 3-0 only to drop two points at the Eagles came back to earn a remarkable 3-3 draw.

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