Emre Can claims he can be Liverpool’s new midfield leader, though he stopped short of saying he could be ‘the new Steven Gerrard’.
Jordan Henderson is currently the club captain – with James Milner his deputy – but he is by means guaranteed a place in the Reds’ midfield after the signings of Georginio Wijnaldum and Marko Grujic.
Many Liverpool fans would prefer the captaincy to be given to Can even though he is only 22 and has been at Anfield only two seasons.
“I want to be the one pushing the team on. The new midfield leader can be me, of course,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“I have played a lot of games for Liverpool and know I am still young but I have to show it on the pitch now.
“I can say I am a leader but you have to show it. Of course we have other leaders like Hendo or [James] Milner.
“I have played in the semi of the Euros and I am confident enough to say I want to go for it, I want to push the team on.
“You feel great to play in big games like that, it’s what you work for, so my confidence is high.
“We have a very good team and we will see next season what it is but that target has to be to win titles.
“If you play for Liverpool the target always has to be winning titles and it will be the same next season.”