Jamie Redknapp compares Liverpool 23-year-old to Lionel Messi after Burnley win
By Will Butcher
Jamie Redknapp believes Emre Can was a different player after finding the back of the net during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday.
Can, 23, had struggled to impress in place of captain Jordan Henderson at the base of midfield, before scoring a speculative effort from long range to earn all three points.
Speaking on Sky Sports 1’s coverage of the Premier League clash, Redknapp claimed Can would have felt like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi after scoring despite his poor start to the game.
“He was poor to say the last,” Redknapp claimed. “He was dropping too deep and playing a role that didn’t suit him, for the first sixty minutes. But as soon as he scored, he was a different player.
“Ask any player, when you score, you feel like Lionel Messi. After the goal, he was trying new things and playing more confidently.”
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Liverpool finally ended a dismal run of form against the Premier League’s smaller sides, that has seen them recently drop points to Hull, Swansea and Sunderland.
However, Jurgen Klopp was staring defeat in the face once again to bottom-half opposition after Matt Lowton’s low cross was converted by Ashley Barnes in just the seventh minute.
But midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum restored parity in the first half, converting a James Milner cross from close range by slamming the ball past Tom Heaton.
Germany international Can then produced an inch-perfect effort from long range that found its way into the bottom corner of Heaton’s goal, securing three points for the Reds.
The Reds have moved to within one point of Manchester City in the Premier League, with the two sides set to do battle on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.
In other Liverpool news, Mark Lawrenson has delivered this verdict on the Reds performance.