By Derek Smithson
Stan Collymore believes that Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has it within himself to become a “special player” following his performance in a recent pre-season victory.
The Reds continued their summer with a friendly against German opposition Hertha Berlin and ran out 3-0 victors.
Dominic Solanke, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah were on the scoresheet for the Merseyside club as they made light work of the Bundesliga side.
However, Collymore was particularly irmpressed with the display of central midfielder Can.
The 23-year-old is renowned for being a defensive rock in the centre of the park and he also showed his offensive qualities with a storming run against Berlin.
He managed to pick up the ball inside his own half and drive through the centre of the pitch to the opposition’s penalty area, showing real grit and technical quality to do so.
Collymore gave a special mention to Can’s run on social media and highlighted his huge potential.
“More proof from that Can run that the lad has that something extra in him to be a very special player indeed,” Collymore wrote on his personal Twitter account.
More proof from that Can run that the lad has that something extra in him to be a very special player indeed. #LFC
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) July 29, 2017
Can moved to Anfield in 2014 and has become an important player for Liverpool since.
The defensive midfielder is a favourite of manager Jurgen Klopp and made 40 appearances last season across all competitions.
The Germany international has been used as an emergency defender during his Anfield career, but now appears to have cemented his position in midfield.
He will hope to keep developing in an attacking sense and his six-goal tally from last season showed signs of improvement.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has revealed four reasons why his side can win the Premier League.