Who is Liverpool’s Emre Can? He's German and he's aggressively suave but other than that we don't really know much, do we? I know him about as well as I know my cat. I can enjoy his existence and as long as I don't make any sudden moves towards his hair I won't fear getting scratched. Speaking of sudden moves...
And we’re off.
Currently away with Germany at the Confederations Cup, Can has been talking up his experience at Liverpool as quintessential in his steady rise from handsome professional to aggressively suave midfield juggernaut.
“Liverpool helped me a lot,” said Can.
“I’ve learnt a lot in my three years there. I'm a lot tougher in the tackle now. I’ve also developed as a person whilst in England.”
Germany are into the semi-finals of the competition and Can has apparently been instrumental on and off the pitch for his national team. I haven’t seen any of the matches as I suffer from severe shrug-caused shoulder pain that cripples my ability to seek out the tournament schedule but, by all accounts, Emre has performed well for his country.
Note: If you love the Confederations Cup and are gasping at the insult, please understand, that’s a good burn.
Now, while many of Germany’s stars are not featuring this time out, their absence provides an opportunity for Can and others on the cusp of Joachim Low’s preferred team.
“For me,” said Can, “it's a chance to show what I can do on the big stage wearing the Germany shirt.
“I think that the two games which I started went well. I'm one of the more experienced players here. I want to help the boys, inspire the team and, above all, put in good performances.”
In conclusion, I think Emre would love my cat.