Graeme Souness tears into Liverpool regular after defeat v Crystal Palace (not Lovren)
By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool man Graeme Souness has torn into the Reds’ midfield enforcer Emre Can after Sunday’s defeat against Crystal Palace.
The Merseyside giants fell to a 2-1 defeat at Anfield against Sam Allardyce’s team with two goals from former man Christian Benteke cancelling out an early Philippe Coutinho effort.
Centre-back Dejan Lovren came in for a lot of criticism during and after the match due to his struggles in the back four.
However, Can was the target of Souness, who picked him out as a huge fault for the second goal and told how he felt the German wasn’t doing his job when marking Benteke from the corner and was simply passing the buck to his teammates.
“Just watch this from Can,” started Souness speaking on Sky Sports 1 during their post-match analysis.
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“He pushes him, he pushes Benteke, what is his job now? What’s his job from now on? Just to stand there. Nah, nah.
“I don’t know. It’s his job. They’re zonal there. Can is the nearest to Benteke. Surely the job is, or maybe he’s got to stop Benteke from getting a run on the header because he has got a leap on him. But, surely you want to take him on. Once you’re there stay with him. It’s just a case of passing the buck. Not fulfilling your job properly. Look, he doesn’t move.
“Can’s rooted. Just move. Then Lovren’s ball watching and gets nowhere near him. That is poor defending at this level, even at any level.”
Can, 23, has often divided the Liverpool fan base since joining from Bayer Leverkusen for £9.75million in the summer of 2014.
However, Jurgen Klopp has kept his faith in his his fellow countryman, with Can completing the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s last nine Premier League fixtures.
The young German will now be keen to put mistakes like the one on Sunday behind him with his contract set to reach it’s final year this summer.
In other Liverpool news, Tottenham fans have reacted on Twitter to the Reds’ defeat against Crystal Palace.