Brendan Rodgers is swaggering around pretty pleased with him self at the moment. After a year of missing out on a number top targets the former Swansea boss has used last season’s success to his advantage and has thus far brought in three players from his summer wish list.
Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana will be well known to fans of the English Premier League and England after successful seasons with both Southampton and at International level. The one player that may not be familiar to reds fans is talented German midfielder, Emre Can. The German youth international came through the Bayern Munich youth system before transferring to Bayer Leverkusen just over a year ago. It was here that he starred in both the Bundesliga and Champions League.
His versatility is one of the reason’s Liverpool have snapped him up with Rodgers suggesting that such players would be key to continuing success at Anfield. Can is able to play all along the back line but will probably take up the defensive midfield role with Liverpool. Many people have already predicted that he will go on to emulate the successes of countryman Bastian Schweinsteiger.
“Emre is an exciting young talent and I’m delighted he’s chosen Liverpool for the next phase of his development and growth as a player,” Brendan Rodgers told the clubs official site Liverpoolfc.com.
“He has recognised that we are a club that improves and nurtures exciting, ambitious players and I’m looking forward to seeing him take those next steps forward for us.”
“We have tracked his progress for some time and I have been impressed with his attitude and qualities when I have seen him play both in the German Bundesliga and the Champions League.
“He has many of the attributes we look for; charisma on the football pitch and courage to want the ball and make things happen.”
With such high accolades being thrown his way you have to wonder where the future lies for current midfield muscle man, Lucas Leiva. The former Brazil captain worked so hard to gain the respect of the Anfield faithful after a disappointing start to his Liverpool career. But he soon became the fulcrum around which the Liverpool midfield engine was built. A lot of time out because of injury and the rise of Jordan Henderson have seen him slip to the bench under Brendan Rodgers and you have to think his time as the heart beat of the team is over. Napoli have been sizing up a bid and I am sure there will be others but I certainly hope this isn’t the case. Liverpool just lost out in the chase for the league title last season and we as fans expect more of the same this time round. With Champions League football to contend with as well we need a squad filled with experienced heads to take some pressure off the young, exciting players that Brendan Rodgers is accumulating. Lucas Leiva, although he may not be a first team regular, could be a key go to man when things are looking tough. He never shirks from a hard shift, tackles hard and protects the back four as well as any. The problem will be whether the 27 year old will settle for such a bit part role and I highly doubt it.