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Liverpool's Emre Can: I can never replace Steven Gerrard

ESPN staff
March 4, 2015
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Emre Can sees his long-term future at Liverpool as a midfielder, but insists he will never be the new Steven Gerrard.

The £9.75 million capture from Bayer Leverkusen has become a permanent starter on the right-side of Brendan Rodgers' back three ever since coming off the bench in the 1-0 win at Burnley on December 26.

However, while the 21-year-old is eyeing an eventual return to midfield, Can claims he is not the man to replace Gerrard once Liverpool's "living legend" leaves for the Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer.

"The coach knows that I prefer the role in midfield and that I see myself there in the future," Can told German newspaper Bild. "But as great as the comparisons to Steven Gerrard sound, I can never be like him.

"He has been playing for Liverpool since his childhood and already is a living legend. I am Emre Can and will go my own way. To achieve a career like Gerrard has done would be a dream, but it's far from easy."

He added: "I wouldn't really call myself a right-back. It is demanded that I have an attacking approach, and also get involved in the build-up play.

"Indeed, the position was a surprise to me at first. I had never played it before, and feel more at home in midfield. But during my youth I also played at centre-back. Maybe that's why adjusting wasn't that difficult."

Emre Can has impressed as part of Liverpool's back three © Getty Images
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