Date: 7th March 2016 at 8:48pm
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By Coral Barry

John Aldridge believes Emre Can’s best position for Liverpool is as a sitting midfielder.

Can has been deployed in various positions in his time at Anfield including at right-back and centre-back as well as his preferred central midfield position.

Aldridge spent two years at Liverpool as a player and has argued that Can’s image as a creative midfielder is misplaced.

Can played as a sitting midfielder for half and hour against Crystal Palace over the weekend as 10-man Liverpool fought back to win 2-1 against the Eagles.

“In midfield, Emre Can was excellent,” said Aldridge writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo. “He’s better when he does the simple things and doesn’t try to run with the ball too much.

“I know some people disagree but I think he can develop into a really quality sitting midfielder in years to come.

“For me he’s played in a three at centre back so there’s no reason he couldn’t hold in midfield.”

The German arrived form Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 and spent most of his first season under then manager Brendan Rodgers playing at the heart of a Liverpool back three.

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This year Can has found plenty of playing time under fellow compatriot Jurgen Klopp and has been used almost exclusively in his favourite position as the more attacking of two central midfielder.

Can has played in all but one of Liverpool’s league games this campaign as the Reds make one final push for the final Champions League spot.

Klopp’s side are six points behind Manchester City in fourth and sealded three successive league wins for the first time this season with the victory on Sunday.

In other Liverpool news, Alan Pardew accused Christian Benteke of diving and slammed Reds legend Jamie Carragher for claiming the 95th minute penalty was the right call.