Gary Neville says he has had “debates with Jamie Carragher” over how good Emre Can actually is.
Can was the subject of one of our 16 Conclusions from Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Manchester City on Sunday.
The Reds brought City’s unbeaten Premier League run to an end in spectacular fashion, with Can one of the most unheralded players from the game.
The German’s future is in doubt as his contract expires in the summer, and with Juventus circling, Neville says Liverpool must act quickly to keep him.
“The news about Can leaving, for me, I think he’s a fantastic player, with personality and character. I think he brings a lot to this Liverpool team in terms of character.
“That three in midfield and the three up front were brilliant in the first half. They set the tone for how you could play against Man City if you’ve got that energy and ability to know how to press.
“It’s a big blow for Liverpool. It won’t make the headlines that (Philippe) Coutinho’s sale made. Juventus are a clever club, they sign intelligent players who are shrewd and know the game. I know there’s a mixed reception on Merseyside to Can in terms of how good he is, and I’ve even had debates with Jamie Carragher.
“He looks like he has authority on the pitch, and there aren’t many of those characters around in the game.”