Can had left Bayern Munich to join Bayer Leverkusen in August 2013. However the Bavarians could secure a buyback option which could be triggered in 2015. When Bayern learned of Liverpool’s interest, they wanted Can to stay put at Leverkusen before he would be brought back to the Allianz Arena. However the midfielder felt he would get little game time thanks to the plethora of talent at Bayern. Thus he opted to join Liverpool.
The player also has a sense of gratitude to former Reds legend Sami Hyppia who was in charge of Leverkusen. “I went there as a young player who needed to be given the chance to play and I’m very grateful that Sami gave me that chance.”
“I know Sami is a legend here and I’m thankful for everything he did for me. I put the effort in during training and played better than others so I got into the team.”
Can recuperated from his calf injury sustained in pre season to make substitute appearances against Manchester City and Tottenham. However the player suffered ankle ligament damage playing for Germany Under-21s against Romania last month and is on the sidelines.
The holding midfielder however wants to make an instant impact for the Anfield side as soon as he is fully fit. “I’m feeling much better and I should be back in full training with the first team next week. I got a blow on the ankle first of all and then when I was running at pace I tried to turn and went over on it.”
“It’s been frustrating but that’s what happens in football and you have to get on with it. I’m confident I can come back stronger from this. “I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the home fans. There’s a huge game against Real Madrid coming up and I hope to be involved in that.”