Rodgers reckons ‘outstanding’ Gerrard replacement is already at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool already have Steven Gerrard’s long term replacement at the club in the form of the ‘outstanding’ Emre Can, reports the Daily Mirror.

Gerrard is set to end his 16-year Liverpool career by moving to LA Galaxy at the end of the season, and speculation is rife as to who will replace arguably the club’s greatest ever player in the heart of the Reds midfield.

£10million summer signing Emre Can has caught everyone’s attention in recent weeks however, with some outstanding performances as a right sided centre back in a back three.

He moved into midfield for Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Besiktas with the Reds struggling with injuries, and despite a disappointing result – Rodgers believes he has seen enough from the 21-year-old to suggest he could go on to replace Gerrard in the future.

“I thought he was outstanding in the middle,” Rodgers said of his German star’s performance. “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.

“He likes to play but he also like to play in that back three as well and drive forward. He gives us that confidence on the ball. He has played three or four positions for me and he is a top class footballer.”

When asked if Liverpool’s Europa League exit could prove to be a blessing in disguise, the Reds boss responded: “We’ll see at the end of the season if that is the case.

“We have got the Champions League position that we want to fight for, a quarter-final of the FA Cup.

“Our objectives are still there to achieve and we will do everything we can to achieve them.”