By Dominic Toner
Glenn Hoddle believes that Emre Can will improve the Liverpool side if he is selected in the starting XI.
The German midfielder has recently returned from injury and been used as a substitute in the Reds’ last three matches.
The 22-year-old is in contention to play against Manchester United on Monday when the two rivals meet in the Premier League.
Can has now had more time to recover over the international break and the central midfielder was a crucial member of the Liverpool team last season.
Pundit and former England manager Hoddle believes that Can’s return to the side could solve the club’s defensive issues.
“Their (Liverpool’s) achilles heel is that after producing 20 minutes of pure football with their intense pressing high up the pitch,” Hoddle said, as quoted by the Mail. “The foot can suddenly come off the pedal and they look very vulnerable.
“I do feel they have missed Emre Can sitting in midfield and his return against Manchester United on Monday may help.”
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has opted with a midfielder three this season with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum all impressing.
Liverpool have been in fluent attacking form this season, but a 2-0 defeat to Burnley has highlighted their defensive frailties.
Lallana and Wijnaldum both picked up knocks during the international break, but neither of them have been ruled out of the United clash.
Klopp may be tempted to play the defensively sound Can against Jose Mourinho’s side.
Can picked up the club’s Young Player of the Year award last season as he excelled at Anfield.
He made 49 appearances in all competitions last season and was one of the most consistent performers under Klopp.
The German international will hope to regain his place in the Liverpool midfield and could be given the opportunity to stake his claim in the huge game against United.
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