Emre Can: Champions League return will be ‘special’ for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is looking forward to playing in the Champions League.

For Emre Can, playing in the Champions League is ‘special’, and he is delighted that he will do so with his new club Liverpool next season.

The 20-year-old German midfielder featured in Europe’s most prestigious club competition with Bayer Leverkusen in the 2013-14 campaign.

The youngster started five matches and made substitute appearances in two, as the Bundesliga outfit reached the last 16 of the tournament.

The former Bayern Munich youngster was also a key figure in Bayer’s domestic campaign, scoring three goals and providing as many assists in 24 league starts and helping the Leverkusen outfit to a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga.

And now Can, who officially switched to Merseyside outfit Liverpool from Bayer in July for a transfer fee of £9.75 million, has set his sights on a good run in the Champions League with the Reds.

‘I am really confident about us going into the Champions League this season’, he told Liverpool’s official website.

‘The whole team, the whole club and the city is looking forward to getting back in the Champions League because Liverpool haven't played there for a couple of years.

‘I had the pleasure of playing in the Champions League last year with my old club and it's a special thing to play in the Champions League’.

Liverpool will return to the Champions League after a long absence, but not many neutral fans will expect them to create shockwaves in Europe this season.

However, the Premier League giants are one of the most iconic clubs in the world and their fans will be relishing the prospect of playing against the heavyweights of European football.

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