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13th Jan, 2017 | 10:49am

Carragher claims that Liverpool ace loved by Klopp has gone off the boil

By Dominic Toner

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has “gone off the boil” in recent games.

The 23-year-old has started the club’s last four games across all competitions and has struggled to fill the void left by Jordan Henderson.

The Merseyside club have a huge match on Sunday against title rivals Manchester United and Liverpool captain Henderson could make a timely return.

Carragher claims that the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of central midfielder Can, but his performances have dipped recently.

“Emre Can has gone off the boil and if Liverpool were to pick a first-choice XI, he would probably be just outside that,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “He has still played a lot because the manager likes him and Jordan Henderson has been out, but he has been a little bit off.

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Can has made 20 appearances for the Reds this season and has already been hit by two separate injures.

The defensive midfielder has overcome a recent knee injury and has been a permanent feature in the club’s starting line-up, but has been criticised by supporters on a number of occasions.

The Germany international gives the defensive cover in midfield, but has been criticised of being too slow and wasteful in possession.

Klopp has built a side that are full of pace in attack and Can does not directly suit that style.

Can moved to Anfield in 2014 from Bayer Leverkusen and has been a successful player for Liverpool, but now needs to recapture his best form if he is to maintain his spot in Klopp’s starting XI.

In other Liverpool news, Paul Merson has predicted the club’s upcoming game against United.

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