How new £10m Liverpool signing will have to break tradition to succeed

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Liverpool have agreed to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can – but history isn't on his side if he wants to be a success.

The Reds moved to wrap up their second signing of the summer as Leverkusen star Can follows Southampton striker Rickie Lambert to Anfield. The 20-year-old former Bayern Munich youngster has enjoyed an impressive season in the Bundesliga, prompting Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to fork out £10m to bring him to Merseyside.

With the likes of Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen all vying for places in the Liverpool midfield, Can may be seen as one for the future but the German youth international should play a valuable role in the first team straight away.

Yet whilst bringing Can to Liverpool is exciting, their fans may not be aware that the Reds have endured a number of transfer nightmares when it comes to signing players from the Bundesliga.

It's hard to criticise young striker Samed Yesil for not making an impact with the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at the club, but under Rafael Benitez, Liverpool struggled when it came to bringing players over from Germany.

Swiss international defender Phillip Degen was signed from Borussia Dortmund but saw his stay at Anfield ravaged by injuries, making just 12 appearances in a three-year stay at the club before being released in 2011.

Just a year earlier, Benitez moved to sign Ukrainian striker Andriy Voronin after he impressed with Bayer Leverkusen, but he was ultimately unable to continue his goalscoring feats in England. Voronin made a total of 38 appearances for the Reds, scoring only six goals before being sold to Dinamo Moscow.

You can even go as far back as 2002, when Liverpool brought then-Bayern Munich midfielder Alou Diarra to the club, but he failed to even make an appearance during a three-year stay at Anfield – and the Frenchman went on to establish himself with Bordeaux back in Ligue 1.

Even when Liverpool signed a player who had spent the best part of his career in the Bundesliga – Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid, who starred for Borussia Dortmund – he struggled to adjust to life in the Premier League, but has since returned to Dortmund to rediscover his best form.

It's tough to gauge what the reason is for the lack of impact. Are they simply bad players? Is it a difference in styles between the two countries? Liverpool will be hoping that Can will be able to perform better than those former flops and carve out a long career at Anfield.

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