I’m in the lull, too. We’re all in the lull together. The off-season. The miserableness of it all. Matches? No. Transfers? No. Pictures of our favorite players laughing and carousing together in training? No. And the transfer window isn’t open yet so the real drama hasn’t even started. We’re post-post-season pre-pre-window kids. We’re the huddled, murmuring mass waiting for the “Hot Doughnuts” sign to light up. So, what is there to do while we shuffle about on the cold concrete of the news void, we ask ourselves? Then a spark and a flash. And suddenly a ray of sunshine delights across our path. It’s Emre Can.
Liverpool’s all-crunch-and-run midfielder is spending a portion of his off-season with the German national team. Can has impressed for Germany team since arriving at Liverpool in 2014. In the passed year, he’s done enough to warrant regular inclusion in the German squad and will be pretty thrilled for another chance to prove himself further in the Confederations Cup, which kicks off on Saturday in Russia.
Can has also been graced with a little time in the spotlight on the official Die Mannschaft Twitter page. Other players in the German squad were asked what they thought of Liverpool’s number twenty-three. Many emotional, teary moments were likely cut from these talking head spots as player after player struggled to contain their gleeful respect for Emre Can. But what remains is still a stirring testament to the man who has no nickname but that we just call Emre.
Julian Draxler praises Can’s brawny approach to the game.
“He’s is very positive,” says Draxler. “I like him a lot. He’s a fighter, a machine. Very strong in the tackle.”
Julian Brandt likes Emre’s “street-fooballer” qualities.
It all adds up to a great look for Emre Can during his off-season after finishing the Premier League run-in strong. Emre showing his best at this tournament in Russia is good for Germany and great for Liverpool. Send him your mind goodness.