Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised Emre Can’s versatility following the 2-1 win over Bolton in the FA Fourth Round Replay.
“He is a wonderful player. I went to see him in Germany last year, he had just turned 21, and I was watching him as a central midfield player, but every time I watched him he never played there,” Rodgers told TALKSPORT
“He played at centre-half, he played at full-back – the only two positions he never played were in goal and as a striker!”
Rodgers has used Can as a defender for the last 11 games. The 21-year-old has started the last 10 games in the Liverpool back three.
Can had an opportunity to showcase his ability as a midfielder and in the final third against Bolton as Liverpool pushed in search of an equaliser.
Rodgers moved the former Bayer Leverkusen man into a more advanced role and Can responded by almost scoring the equaliser himself when he hit the crossbar.
Can then went on to set up Raheem Sterling with a sublime pass to level the score.
The assist was the 21-year-old’s first in a Liverpool shirt. Can has now made 19 appearances for the Reds in all competitions.