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Watch: Individual Highlights of Emre Can vs. Chelsea

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Another disappointing loss for Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, but 20-year-old Emre Can deserves an extended look for a very positive individual performance.

Alex Livesey

This business of looking for silver linings rather than enjoying performances as a whole is getting a little old, but given how Liverpool have performed for most of the last few months, it's become the default. A good individual display here, an exciting passage of play there, twenty minutes to celebrate sprinkled throughout. And while that's nice enough, it's not winning any points or results, so let's hope Liverpool transition from isolated inspiration to a side that's capable of putting together more than a few pieces at a time.

They're clearly not there quite yet, so today we're left to highlight one of those pieces in the form of Emre Can's 74 minutes of action. Making his second start of the week--the first coming away to Real Madrid in the Champions League--the young midfielder was roundly excellent, providing urgency and steel for most while standing out in a Liverpool midfield that saw Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson struggle.

He doesn't appear to be up to full match fitness quite yet, as his energy dipped noticeably in the second half, but he's showing more than just glimpses of promise at this point. For long spells of the match he was, along with Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool's best on the pitch, and while that isn't the height of praise considering how poor the rest of the squad were, it's an encouraging development for a player that's only 20 years old.


Video by MrBoywunder