PAWEL KAPUSTA / AIPS in PRAGUE: Emre Can scored in Germany’s first opening draw against Serbia at UEFA U21 Euro and then created two of the goals in the 3-0 win over Denmark.
Kevin Volland and Amin Younes have shone brighter than the Liverpool midfielder but has been the main architect of the four points Germany boast.
Can was born in Frankfurt and has represented Germany at every level from U15. He has a Turkish descent but never had any doubts as to whether to play for Germany or not, unlike Mesut Ozil or Karim Bellarabi.
“Emre Can is one of the biggest talents in German football,” said Bayern Munich ceo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at the time. Now the evidence is out in the stadia of the Czech Republic.
Last season Can was usually used as a centre-back or even as a right-back in Liverpool by manager Brendan Rodgers but, against Serbia and Denmark, Horst Hrubesch gave him an oportunity to play on his favoured position at centre midifielder.
First, in the 32nd minute Can set up Volland then, in the 48th, Can was fouled outside the penalty box and the Hoffenheim striker converted the free kick for 2-0.
Against Denmark, Can’s outstanding statistics featured one above all: 93pc of passing accuracy. In the 77th he was replaced, as Hrubesch gave him more time to take a rest before the last decisive match in Group A against Czech Republic.
Since last year, many Liverpool fans have been baffled to see Can playing in defence. His display on Saturday was more proof that Liverpool have been wasting his talent.