Birthdate: 12 January 1994
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Other clubs: Bayern Munich (2009-13), Bayer Leverkusen (2013-14)
Bought from: Bayer Leverkusen
Signed for LFC: £9.75m, 03.07.2014
International debut: 04.09.2015 vs. Poland
International caps: 8/0 (22.03.2017)
Liverpool debut: 25.08.2014
Last appearance: 19.03.2017
Debut goal: 08.11.2014
Last goal: 12.03.2017
Win ratio: 47.5% W:57 D:32 L:31
LFC league games/goals: 80 / 6
Total LFC games/goals: 120 / 7
Player profileEmre Can was born in Frankfurt am Main, the largest city in the state of Hessen. As a youth he was associated with a local amateur club, SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt, but was quickly recruited by the area’s big Bundesliga club, Eintracht Frankfurt, around the time he entered his teenage years. Eintracht nurtured their prodigy well but had little chance of holding on to him once the country’s biggest club started to show an interest. In July 2009 at the age of fifteen and a half Can moved to Bavaria to join the four times European champions Bayern Munich.
At the same time as he was moving through different age groups with his club Can was representing the country of his birth at different levels even though parentage meant that he was also eligible to play for Turkey. He had to serve an apprenticeship with Bayern’s Regional League South team before being named in a senior match-day squad for the first time for the home march against Schalke at the end of February 2012. Then came four successive Bundesliga appearances towards the end of the next season and his first senior Bayern goal, the only strike of a home match against SC Freiburg on 27 April 2013. He had also played in the German Supercup match against Borussia Dortmund at the start of the season when Bayern beat their fierce rivals 2-1 at the Allianz Arena in front of a crowd of nearly 70,000.
Bayern have a commendable policy of letting young players go so that they can improve and gain experience elsewhere. In the summer of 2013 Can, now in his twentieth year, moved nearly three hundred miles north to the Rhine city of Leverkusen to join the top local club, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Bayer had finished 3rd in 2012/13 to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League. Can played seven times in Europe’s premier club tournament, missing only the first leg of the Last 16 knockout match because of the three yellow cards he had received during the six group stage matches. Leverkusen lost 6-1 on aggregate to Paris Saint-Germain and dropped one place to 4th in the league with Can appearing in twenty-nine of the thirty-four fixtures, 24 from the start and five as a substitute. He scored home and away against FC Augsburg and also away at Eintracht Frankfurt, the club he was with as a teenager. He also scored in the German Cup win at Freiburg in December. He had four assists to his name in the last campaign despite mainly used as a defensive midfielder.
Liverpool activated a £9.75m released clause to bring Can to Anfield in the summer of 2014. Having excelled in Germany as an energetic box to box midfield player, he was used mainly on the right side of a back three for Liverpool, but still loved to get forward. His only goal of the season was in a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea in November. On the last day of 2014-15 he played in an unfamiliar right back role on the last day of the season at Stoke and was ruthlessly exposed as the Reds were thrashed 6-1. However in the summer he reverted to his preferred role for Germany in the European Under 21 Championships and helped his country get to the semi finals. Can made his senior debut against Poland in the group stages of the European Championships on 4th September 2015.
In 2015-16 Can matured after the arrival of Jurgen Klopp as manager and became much more consistent. He scored the first goal of Klopp's reign, against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League group stages. His worth was shown when he missed the first leg of the Europa League semi final away to Villareal through injury but returned for the second and played a pivotal role in overturning the 1-0 deficit. In total he started 46 games during the season and it was reported in the close season that discussions were under way to extend his contract whicih had two years left to run.
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