When Liverpool announced the signing of Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, not many fans would have guessed the impact the German would have on the club.
Signed for £10 million, the midfielder was seen as a player for the future on Merseyside, with Brendan Rodgers labelling Can as an ‘inspirational talent’ upon his arrival to England, and it didn’t take long for the promising midfielder to make an impact at Liverpool.
In his first season, playing largely as a centre-back, Can made 40 appearances for the club as Liverpool were unable to challenge for the title after the previous season that saw them get so close to the trophy that has eluded them for so long.
The following campaign saw Rodgers dismissed from Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp appointed, which also saw Can return to his preferred position of defensive midfielder, and the now German international flourished under his new boss, becoming a mainstay in the Reds starting XI.
Can would continue to be a mainstay in Klopp’s starting XI for Liverpool during his time at the club, being part of the team that went all the way to the Champions League final and scoring the goal of the season against Watford in the 2016/17 season with an outrageous bicycle kick, but as his contract began to run down, it quickly became apparent the midfielder won’t be staying for long in England.
The loss to Real Madrid in the final was to be Can’s final appearance for the club as it was later revealed that Juventus would sign the midfielder on a pre-contract, and since the move to Italy, the German international has continued to impress in the game.
Can made 26 Serie A appearances for the side that would go on to win the Scudetto for a record eighth year in a row, whereas his former side Liverpool stand on the brink of missing out on the Premier League title despite accumulating over 90 points in a season.
The German midfielder could have been the difference for Liverpool this season with his defensive stability and knack to create chances and pop up with the occasional goal likely the difference from the Reds sealing the title or not.
Can left Liverpool as a fan favourite, but had he stayed at the club for one more season the Reds could be celebrating their first Premier League title ever.
Liverpool fans, would the Reds be Premier League champions if Can stayed Let us know!
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