Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has revealed which players would feature in his dream XI, with one current and one former Reds teammate making the cut.
Can, a 23-year-old German international midfielder, has been on the books at Anfield since 2014, when he joined from Bayer Leverkusen.
The all-action enforcer has become an ever-present under Jurgen Klopp over recent campaigns, racking up 32 Premier League appearances last season.
Speaking in an interview with Liverpool’s official website this week, Can opened up on some of his favourite players in world football, setting out a brilliant XI featuring stars from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Having come up through the youth ranks at Bayern Munich, his team is unsurprisingly dominated by players from the Bavarian giants, with all of Manuel Neuer, Philip Lahm, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben making the cut.
Also present is Real Madrid stopper Sergio Ramos, while the world’s two best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, feature up top.
There is also room for a pair of favourites on Merseyside, with Can’s former midfield partner and mentor Steven Gerrard included:
‘Everybody knows how good he (Gerrard) is and how good he was. I was a lucky guy to share the same pitch with him in the same team.’
‘Off the pitch, I have to say that as well. He is and he was a leader. He helped me a lot when I came to Liverpool and he helps everyone new who comes to Liverpool.’
The final name in Can’s XI is current teammate Philippe Coutinho, who the 23-year-old describes as the most talented player he has ever seen:
‘I never saw a talented player like him, he has everything.’
‘On the ball he is just amazing. It is very difficult to play against him. He can score goals, he shoots very well. He can just do everything with the ball.’
Check out Can’s team here: