For any new signing at a football club, you are always looking for that moment of recognition, that moment when you know the fans have accepted you, and against Burnley, Liverpool’s 21-year-old German midfielder Emre Can realised he had been accepted by the famous Kop.
To the tune of “Liver-pool, Liver-pool, Liver-pool” the Reds fans were chanting “Emre Can, Emre Can, Emre Can” which is testament to the performances the young midfielder has put in this campaign – both in the middle of the park and as part of a back three.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Can said: “I realised it during the game and I was massively proud. Even now, I sometimes think back that I’ve only been here a couple of months and for the fans to sing a song for me is a massive thing for me, it’s really important.
“I’m just proud to be here.”
For a club that is used to bringing through home-grown talent, the universal support for Can isn’t just because of what he has shown for Brendan Rodgers side this season, but it represents the huge potential he has for the club and what he could bring in the future.
Liverpool paid Bayer Leverkusen £9.75 million in the summer to bring the German under-21 midfielder to Anfield, per the Guardian, but the Frankfurt-born youngster was moulded at the Bayern Munich academy, but felt he had to leave after only managing four games at the German giants:
“I left Bayern because I needed some game time really. It wasn’t an easy step and some people might not have seen it as a step forward because I went to a bit of a smaller club but for me it was the right step to take,” he said.
“If I keep on doing what I’ve been doing the last two to three months I’m sure they (Bayern) might regret one day letting me go.
Pep Guardiola’s side may not live to regret letting the midfielder go as they will always have the power to go and buy the best German talent, but he has certainly shown this season that he is talented enough to play for a club of that standard.
Sunday’s clash with Manchester United will represent another huge milestone for Can as he continues his development. Playing at Anfield against one of the club’s fiercest rivals will give Can the chance to adhere himself to the Kop even further.
To hear his name sung during a Liverpool win would be another huge step in the 21-year-old’s blossoming career.