Liverpool’s new defensive midfielder Emre Can believes The Reds can match the level of his first club Bayern Munich.
The 20-year-old came through the ranks at Bayern Munich, competing for the Bavarians B team before making his first-team debut in 2012.
Despite showing promise, Bayern Munich under then-boss Jupp Heynckes formed a powerful squad and were in the midst of a memorable treble-winning campaign therefore Emre Can made just four appearances for the club before transferring to Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.
The Bavarians have improved their squad further over the past 12 months and their displays against Manchester United and Arsenal in last season’s Champions League prove they’re currently a cut above.
Emre Can, however, believes Liverpool have what it takes to succeed in Europe’s main competition next season and emulate the German champions.
“I believe Liverpool can be on a similar level to Bayern Munich next season. We came second in last year's Premier League, the best league in the world, so we don't have to hide from anybody.” He said, quoted by The Mirror.
"We simply need to believe in ourselves and I am very optimistic that we will go far in the Champions League. I hope we will progress as far as we can and I am looking to competing against the best teams in Europe.”
"I believe we will play a good role in next year's competition."
Adding a new defensive midfielder was a priority for Liverpool and boss Brendan Rodgers will be delighted to have wrapped up a deal for Emre Can so quickly.
Nevertheless, one can only suggest that more bodies and quality in key areas will be needed if the Merseysiders have any aspirations of making a big impact in Europe next season.