Emre Can

May 022017
Can's Wondergoal Stuns Watford As Liverpool Win Away Again

Watford 0, Liverpool 1 By Umarah Naz Embed from Getty Images   The tension in the room was palpable. Even if you weren’t in the room. The bank holiday Monday dragged on and on; joke after joke, meme after meme, gifs galore mocking Liverpool’s forthcoming Monday night trip to Watford. Liverpool fans after seeing the results this weekend before remembering they're going to lose to Watford pic.twitter.com/Kj0sdLBqyw — Football Whispers (@FB_WHISPERS) April 30, 2017 The extra spice was provided by both Manchester clubs dropping points at the weekend, handing Liverpool back the initiative in the Champions League race after losing continue reading

Mar 192017
Points Shared at the Etihad as CL Qualification Remains Wide Open.

Manchester City 1, Liverpool 1. Match report by Umarah Naz. If ever an advert was needed for English Premier League football then Manchester City against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon was it. Embed from Getty Images Two teams who know no other way of playing than to attack the opponents goal. The 1-1 draw at the Etihad was a frenetic, end-to-end game that had everything but a winner. Some fantastic football, crunching tackles, mildly pathetic booing, unsuccessful penalty shouts, dubious yellow cards, possible red ones, some glaring misses, a cracking penalty, a great goal and to top it all off, the continue reading

Jan 292017
Where Has It All Gone Wrong For Liverpool

By Aaron Cawley. At the start of the season, if you had asked any Liverpool fan what they expected they would have said a decent cup run and a Champions League place. So far, Liverpool have had that decent cup run, getting knocked out of the EFL Cup semi-final to Southampton, losing 2-0 on aggregate. In the league, Liverpool currently sit fourth, two points ahead of fifth placed Manchester City and four points ahead of Manchester United, who are down in sixth. Embed from Getty Images But it seems things are starting to unravel on the pitch. Liverpool are without a continue reading

Oct 212016
Liverpool v Manchester United - LFC Tactics & Report from Dour Stalemate

Tactics After a 0-0 stalemate at Anfield, Jose Mourinho accused Liverpool of playing too defensively. It was a cunning ploy to detract the attention from his own side’s defensive, long-ball tactics, but his tactical view of Liverpool’s play was (intentionally) incorrect. Manchester United went with the classic triple target man, double full-backs, and, er, Herrera set-up. #LFCvMUFC pic.twitter.com/xsItxeFMoT — James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 17, 2016 He accused the home side of using two defensive midfielders in the shape of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, implying that Jurgen Klopp had set his side up in a 4-2-3-1 rather than the 4-3-3 they’ve used continue reading

Aug 192016

After a fantastic entertaining opening game of the season for Liverpool, this piece looks at with the preferred formation of 4-3-3 in its simplest form. I ask the question: Is the current midfield balance correct to fit Liverpool’s strengths and weaknesses? On Sunday, Liverpool started with a midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana.  Henderson played as the deepest of the three, and in my view put in a decent performance. He used his athleticism to get him into positions to break up play, and he used the ball intelligently when in possession. Embed from Getty Images continue reading

Jul 072016

Having not played a single minute of football at the European Championships in France, Emre Can was brought into the German side for their massive semi-final tie versus the hosts. The versatile Liverpool man, who’d spent much of last season in midfield under the management of his compatriot Jurgen Klopp, was listed as a defender when Germany submitted their squad prior to the tournament. For this game, however, Germany manager Joachim Loew called upon Can to provide a physical presence in midfield against France’s much talked about midfield duo. Both Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba have been linked with big continue reading

Dec 022015
Southampton 1, Liverpool 6 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Southampton 1, Liverpool 6 St. Marys, Southampton (31,592) Liverpool scorers: Sturridge 25′, 29′; Origi 45′, 68′, 86′; Ibe 73′ Southampton scorer: Mané 1′ Player Ratings Adam Bogdan – 6 Had little to do, but looked assured in all that he did. Didn’t have much chance with the goal. Connor Randall – 6 Looked like he was going to struggle early on, but grew in confidence instead of shrinking, despite picking up an early booking. Martin Skrtel – 6 Was relatively untroubled, but did what he needed to. Dejan Lovren – 6.5 Received abuse from the fans of his old club throughout the game, continue reading

Oct 232015
Liverpool 1, Rubin Kazan 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Rubin Kazan 1 – Oct 22, 2015 Anfield, Liverpool (42,951) Liverpool scorer: Can 37′ Kazan scorer: Devic 15′ Oleg Kuzmin sent off for Kazan on 36′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Made a good save just after the half-hour mark to keep the deficit to just one goal. Released well with hands on one occasion, and if this becomes a more regular feature of his game then he could have a future under Klopp. Nathaniel Clyne – 5.5 Took up good positions down the right and offered an outlet in attack. Couldn’t do enough with the ball in the final third continue reading

Feb 042015
Bolton 1 , Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Bolton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 2 Macron Stadium, Horwich (22,171) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 86′, Coutinho 90′ Bolton scorer: Gudjohnsen 59′ (pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Had to be alert early on, and was in the right position to save a Wheater header. Passed all the tests Bolton threw at him, even if there weren’t any difficult saves to make. Emre Can – 8 Set up Sterling for the equalising goal with an inventive lofted pass. Ran the game once he moved forward into midfield, and had a rasping left foot shot well saved by the Bolton keeper Lonergan. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Even though continue reading

Nov 082014
Liverpool 1, Chelsea 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Chelsea 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,698) Liverpool scorer: Can 9′ Chelsea scorers: Cahill 14′, Costa 67′ Brendan Rodgers reverted the his so-called best XI despite the impressive defensive performances against Real Madrid in midweek. The only players to keep their place from that team were Simon Mignolet, Emre Can, and Alberto Moreno. Tactics The team started out playing in a 4-1-4-1 shape not dissimilar to that which we saw v Madrid, but the defensive line was higher, and the wide players more advanced. Philippe Coutinho would drift in from his position wide on the right when the team had the continue reading

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