Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has told the Liverpool Echo he is far off the level required to replace Steven Gerrard in the Reds midfield.
The German has been a big hit at Anfield since joining in the summer of 2014 under Brendan Rodgers.
He was used as a central defender by the Northern Irishman and impressed in the role despite his sides struggles.
Jurgen Klopp quickly returned him to central midfield when he took charge in October last year and he further impressed there, becoming one of their key men as they reached both the Europa League and Capital One cup final.
Indeed, his performances did not go unnoticed as he was picked as a part of Joachim Loew’s Germany squad for Euro 2016.
Many Liverpool fans believe he can fill the void left by Steven Gerrard, but Can insists that he is some way from that level just yet.
“That’s of course a big, big honour,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“I have a lot of respect for him but I am far off that level he played for Liverpool. I have to go my own way, be Emre Can. I met him in Los Angeles, we have stayed in touch.”
It remains to be seen if Can go on to enjoy similar success to that which Gerrard enjoyed during his time at Anfield.
The German has impressed in his time at the club so far and at 22-years-old appears to have a bright future ahead of him.
Luckily in Jurgen Klopp he has a manager who has a proven track record of developing talent and Can will be hoping he can be another success story.