After reporting for pre-season training later than expected because of his exploits at the European Under-21 Championships for Germany earlier this summer, he was a second half substitute for the Reds opening two games of the new campaign against Stoke City and AFC Bournemouth.
However, an injury to club captain Jordan Henderson afforded Can a promotion to the starting XI in the two fixtures before the international break against London duo Arsenal and West Ham United, where he produced two contrasting performances.
The 21-year-old was impressive against the Gunners in the goalless draw, but was largely ineffective against the Hammers during the disappointing 3-0 defeat at Anfield and Can admits consistency is the key to him becoming a permanent fixture in the Merseyside outfit’s engine room:
“I think the competition for places is good for the team. I’m ready to take more responsibility as I’m in my second season. My English is improving and I’ve matured as a player,” he told the club’s official website.
“Playing in midfield means you have to take more responsibility. That means I want to score more goals and help the team to get results.”
“I want to do more in attack and I know I can improve in that area of my game. I want to do much more going forward in terms of scoring goals and providing assists,” Can added.
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Can will be hoping to retain his place in the team for Saturday evening’s huge clash against fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.