Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe believes Emre Can has what it takes to captain Liverpool in the future, but for now will have to settle for filling in for the injured Steven Gerrard in the heart of the Reds midfield.
Can continued his recent run of impressive form with a man of the match performance in the win over Tottenham.
Liverpool fans have been signing the praises of the £10million summer signing from Bayern Leverkusen, and Pascoe is the latest to give words of encouragement to the young German.
Asked whether the 20-year-old had the potential to be a future Liverpool captain, Pascoe said: ‘He is young, he is learning his game, but in years to come I am sure he will progress to be one of them.
‘He is a leader on the pitch and the way he is playing he has been fantastic.
‘But at the moment he himself is probably not even looking at that sort of thing.’
On the possibility of Can being restored to midfield Pascoe added: ‘When we were monitoring him to come into Liverpool he could play at centre-half but the opportunity arose for him to go into a back three – where he has been fantastic.
‘But you could see the other night when he stepped into midfield he does want to play there, it is his position, and he is a great asset.
‘He is a great lad and a good player. He hasn’t moaned about anything or knocked on the manager’s door, he has waited for his chance and grabbed it with both hands.
‘If Emre Can had to go into midfield there is another possibility but with Jordan (Henderson) and Joe (Allen) there we have enough cover.’