Emre Can hails progress Liverpool have made under Jürgen Klopp

The German doesn't believe the league table offers a fair reflection of the steps Liverpool have taken since his fellow countryman took over has manager.

Emre Can hails progress Liverpool have made under Jürgen Klopp
Can and Klopp pictured together (photo: getty)

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has been speaking about the progress he feels the team have made under Jürgen Klopp, ever since the German took over from Brendan Rodgers as manager in October of last year.

Although the league table doesn't reflect a huge improvement, with the Reds currently sitting in ninth, they've got games in hand over many teams above them, and could be sitting in European places come the end of the season.

Can positive about progress under Klopp

There have also been some wonderful victories under Klopp, namely beating Southampton and Manchester City 6-1 and 4-1 away from home respectively, and the 2-0 win at Anfield over Manchester United in the Europa League.

It's these types of performances that led to Can telling Kicker that "you should not only look at the standings," when considering whether or not Klopp is leading Liverpool in the right direction.

Before a disappointing away capitulation to Southampton eight days ago, the Reds were enjoying one of their best periods of form under Klopp so far. Can urged those reviewing them to "look at the football we have played in recent weeks", citing that he and his teammates have "made a huge step forward as a team".

Klopp barks instructions at Can, who has greatly improved this season (photo: getty images)
Klopp barks instructions at Can, who has greatly improved this season (photo: getty images)

Consistency key as Reds await Dortmund clash

The young midfielder, who is having an extremely impressive season under his new manager, was realistic despite looking to praise his team. He admitted that too often "we follow up two good matches with one bad one", and that they must work on their consistency - himself included.

Given he's away on international duty with the German national team, it's no surprise that Can was asked about the upcoming Europa League clash between Liverpool and Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund - the team whom Klopp made his name managing.

Admitting that "Dortmund are slight favourites", Can was firm in saying "we have come so far in the Europa League, now we want to win the competition".

That eagerly anticipated quarter final tie isn't too far away now, with the first leg in Germany just nine days away.