In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
In the summer of 2018, Emre Can decided to leave Liverpool at the end of his contract and joined Italian outfit Juventus (via Sky Sports).
The German had been a regular for Liverpool, starting 24 Premier League matches in the 17/18 campaign prior to picking up a back injury (via Transfermarkt).
However he chose to leave Anfield, rejecting a new deal and instead moving to Serie A. He said that he made the decision “to win titles” including the UEFA Champions League (via Liverpool Echo).
In fairness, he did manage to win Serie A in his first campaign with the Turin-based club, but he was not a regular in the team and according to Transfermarkt he started just over half of their league games (20).
He also had to watch on whilst his former employers won the Champions League title in June without him. Now, this season has seen the German feature even less for the Italian champions, he has made just three appearances so far, clocking up just 78 minutes on the pitch (via Transfermarkt).
That has led to him admitting that he is “unhappy” at the Allianz Stadium (Mirror), and there are even rumours that he could join struggling Manchester United in the future (Daily Mail). With that in mind, his decision to leave Merseyside looks reasonably ill-advised, given his bit-part role in Turin and the success the Reds are currently enjoying.
With Liverpool in pole position to win the Premier League this season after winning their opening eight matches (via Transfermarkt), perhaps Can regrets moving away from Anfield as they have gone from strength-to-strength since he left.
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