As Liverpool bid to juggle a Premier League title challenge with Champions League football next season, boss Brendan Rodgers knows he needs to strengthen his squad in the summer.
Other than at left-back and arguably a new striker, Liverpool’s most important area to strengthen this summer is in midfield as the Reds suffered in that area throughout the season.
Liverpool’s fabulous goalscoring tally last season often covered their defensive fragilities, and the long-term injury to defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva left Brendan Rodgers little option other than to drop Steven Gerrard deeper.
Brendan Rodgers, therefore, has been on the lookout this summer, and a number of high-profile stars such as Dani Parejo, Javier Mascherano and Alex Song have been linked to the Reds in the press.
According to the German press Bild, however, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has instead turned his attentions to Bayer Leverkusen’s low-key midfielder general Emre Can.
The 20-year-old Turkish-born midfielder can cover both the defence and midfield, and his simple yet effective style of football has earned him six U21 international caps for Germany.
German paper Bild mention the player’s €12m release clause, and should Brendan Rodgers decide to take a gamble on the young midfielder, he is in an advantageous position due to his reported good relationship with the player's agent, according to Bundesliga journalist Raphael Honigstein.
Emre Can's agent has a very good relationship with Brendan Rodgers. Did Sahin and Yesil deals— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) Mayo 17, 2014
Emre Can started 24 Bundesliga games for Leverkusen this season, totalling 75 tackles and 44 interceptions for the Champions League contestants.
Despite Bayern Munich holding a buyback clause in his contract, due to the embarrassment of midfield riches at Pep Guardiola’s disposal it appears Liverpool are frontrunners for his signature this summer.