By Dominic Toner
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can believes he is good enough to play for the team when fit for selection.
The 22-year-old missed large parts of the beginning of the season after returning late from the European Championship, as well as suffering an ankle injury.
The German international has now returned to the Liverpool side and completed 90 minutes in the club’s last three league games.
Can is predominately used as a defensive midfielder, but did score a rare goal in the 4-2 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
He has managed to force his way into the side despite manager Jurgen Klopp settling for a midfield trio of Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum at the beginning of the season.
Can has explained that now he has retuned to full fitness he is confident of keeping his place in the starting XI.
“The team did very well while I was out but I played my first 90 minutes against United and I am happy to be back,” Can said, as quoted by the Echo.
“Now I have to get my match fitness and confidence back, but I am really looking forward to that and I’m confident enough to believe that if I have those things I can play in the team.”
Can picked up the club’s Young Player of the Year award last season as he excelled in his second season at Anfield.
He made 49 appearances in all competitions last campaign and was one of the most consistent performers under Klopp.