Can praises mentor Milner

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Liverpool midfielder James Milner is passing on his experience to the younger players in the squad, including Germany international Emre Can.

The 29-year-old Englishman joined the Reds on a free transfer from Manchester City in the off-season, and Can says he's a positive influence on the squad.

"I have already seen that he passes on what he knows to the younger players," the 21-year-old told the club's official magazine. "He talks to us a lot and that can only help us.

"I haven't had too much experience of playing alongside him just yet but it is clear that he is a fighter, is very experienced and is capable of playing good football. We have a good mix in the Liverpool team. We have got experienced players but also young players.

"The experienced players need to pass on their knowledge to the young members of the squad so with Stevie [Gerrard] leaving at the end of last season it is definitely good to have another experienced player like James Milner here."

Can is enjoying his second season at Anfield, but despite having made 27 Premier League appearances last term, he is still adjusting to the league as "in England the football is a lot faster than when you play in Germany."

The former Bayern Munich youngster added:"When you get the ball here there is instantly a player from the other team there, pressing you and challenging you.

"That makes it a lot hard when you are in possession. English football is also physically tougher than football in Germany."