After Liverpool’s rise back to prominence last season, next year could prove to be even more impressive for the club. Yes, they’ve done well over the last 12 months, but there’s certainly room for improvement. They could start by winning some silverware.
More precisely, they could start by signing the kind of players that have the quality to help Liverpool win silverware.
Yes, The Reds have Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge seemingly scoring goals for fun, but it’s clear they need a couple more quality options to help push them across the line.
This brings me to The Mirror‘s claim that Liverpool are stepping up their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen’s highly-regarded midfielder, Emre Can.
At just 20-years-old, Can has already amassed a £10m price-tag. That should go some way to demonstrate the player’s ability and reputation at a young age.
Can is a box-to-box midfielder with bags of energy and a real dynamism to his game. He works extremely hard, providing support for Leverkusen’s attack and tracking back whenever necessary. He’s the kind of player who’s difficult for opposition midfielders to mark, because he’s always on the move and he’s always looking to cause trouble.
He also moves the ball about pretty well. He excels at the kind of quick, accurate short passing that Brendan Rodgers’ team have made their stock in trade over the last few months. It’s easy to see him fitting in nicely at Anfield.
Given his £10m price-tag, Can certainly falls within Liverpool’s range of acceptable targets. Yes, they’ll need to bring in a defender or two this summer, but Can may also be able to help in this regard. His hard-work and due diligence will see The Reds get caught out less often and make them less susceptible to counter-attacks.
He won’t be able to fix Liverpool’s defense all on his own, but he’ll certainly improve it. If Brendan Rodgers also signs a world-class centre-back to stand alongside Martin Skrtel or Daniel Agger, The Reds will represent a completely different prospect for Premier League (and Champions League) teams next year.
That strikes me as a massive step forward.
What’s your take? Should Brendan Rodgers make a move for Emre Can? What other options should they be considering?
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