Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight at Emre Can’s performance in midfield during The Reds Europa League clash with Besiktas on Thursday.
Rodgers moved Can into midfield following injuries to Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva.
The Reds were eliminated from the competition on the night after losing on penalties.
“I thought he was outstanding in the middle,” Rodgers told the Mirror.
“He is such a top class football player. His pace, his power, his ability to read the game and his ability to take the ball are all so impressive.”
Can received a rating of of 7.67 from whoscored.com. The former Bayer Leverkusen man made six successful tackles, one interception, one clearance and blocked one shot. Can maintained a passing accuracy of 73.8 %, making 61 passes throughout the game.
The 21-year-old also scored his penalty in the shoot-out after 120 minutes of football
Rodgers is expected to move Can back to defence for this weekends clash with Manchester City in the Premier League.
The Germany U21 international has one goal and one assist in 26 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.