Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Emre Can deal - 'Signed for his pun potential!'

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Liverpool announced that they'd agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen for Emre Can earlier today.

Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can.

Can only moved to Leverkusen last summer from Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola’s side not exercising their buy back option means Liverpool have triggered Can’s buy-out clause with an offer of around £10 million.

It’s an interesting deal and one which plenty of Liverpool fans may not have been expecting.

However, Rodgers has previously proved very successful in the transfer market and he may well have pulled off another masterstroke with this deal.

Lucas was forced to operate as the side’s main holding midfielder last season, dropping deep in the middle of the team and protecting the back four in big pressure games.

Jordan Henderson and skipper Steven Gerrard also found themselves playing that role at times, contradicting the natural tendencies of all three players.

Can’s main position is as a defensive midfielder, which means he’ll allow Rodgers the luxury of being able to use those players who played defensively last season in more attacking roles.

He also arrives at the club with Champions League experience having played in Europe for Leverkusen last season.

That should convince Rodgers that he shouldn’t have any fear using Can in the Champions League and will also allow Liverpool greater freedom to adopt a much favoured 4-5-1 European formation.

Although his preferred position is in central midfield he can also play in central defence, which means Rodgers won’t have to axe any of his current centre-backs to bring in someone new.

However, for him to appear in Liverpool’s back four would more than likely mean a long list of injuries which the boss would naturally want to avoid.

There has been plenty of talk about managers trying to do deals before the World Cup but Rodgers has now landed two blows in the transfer market while other coaches scramble to try and get business done before next Thursday.

Here’s what Liverpool fans have made of the news via social media site Twitter.

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