Liverpool starlet could be future captain, says club chief

Brendan Rodgers’ assistant coach Colin Pascoe believes that Emre Can could be a future Liverpool captain.

The German star arrived at Anfield over the summer in a £10m move from Bayer Leverkusen and initially struggled to justify the £10m fee he commanded and the hype he’d generated in his homeland last season.

However, since the turn of the year Can, 21, has been a key first-teamer on Merseyside, switching from his natural midfield role into a position in the club’s new three-man defensive system.

And with the bombarding midfielder a commanding presence on the pitch and a long-term option, some have suggested that he could succeed club captain Steven Gerrard when he leaves at the end of the season.

And Pascoe believes that Can could be suited to wearing the armband in the future.

When asked by the Liverpool Echo if he could be a captain of the club, the coach said:

“He’s young, he’s learning his game, in years to come he’ll progress and be one of them.

“He’s a leader, he’s a leader on the pitch, he’s been fantastic – but at the moment, he’s not looking at that himself, but he’s a great lad.”