Liverpool host Swansea in the Premier League on Monday night. The Reds go into this game with some confidence after a hard earned victory at Burnley. Even though Liverpool weren’t particularly convincing, they capitalized on the one chance they had and ensure the busy festive period didn’t begin on a low. They climbed up one spot in the table and are now in the ninth place.
Rodgers replaced Toure with Emre Can at half-time and the young German did very well for the Reds. It was Can’s 10th appearance for Liverpool since his summer switch from Bayer Leverkusen. Previously he has only been played in the midfield, but talks of his versatility in playing several positions have been there ever since he moved to Merseyside. Can proved it and slotted in seamlessly into the visitors’ backline.
Rodgers felt the German U21 international’s impact was very important in the victory, and is confident his contribution and influence will continue to grow.
“He’s got a big future here, Emre. It’s just been curtailed a little bit from the summer when he was trying to gain his fitness and he was injured – he had an ankle issue that made him miss training and he was in and out,” said the Liverpool boss in the pre-match conferece
“He’s got great athleticism and you saw his presence on the pitch [at Burnley]. He is an outstanding footballer and is a very, very young player who is just acclimatising to the game here.
“His favoured position is more of a defensive player, even though I’ve played him in an attacking role because I think that’s something he can do more of. But if you asked him his profile, he likes to be in that sitting role where he can play and dictate the game as well as be physical in the challenge and duels.
“I thought he came on and was outstanding [at Burnley]. We needed to build the ball better, our possession wasn’t so good and we lost the ball too quickly, which didn’t give us a chance to get into good positions on the field in order to keep the ball.
“Him coming on gave us that assurance in possession and also physicality when we didn’t have the ball.
“He’s a player I know can play in a number of positions and play them well. He’s someone whose influence will become greater as the season goes on.”