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Emre Can move shows Liverpool are preparing for Champions League return

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So soon after capturing Rickie Lambert Liverpool are on the verge of signing their second player of the window, Emre Can.

The German youth international currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen and has caught the attention of a number of clubs throughout Europe after a dominant season at the heart of their midfield, although it seems Liverpool are the first to act on his £9.75m buyout clause.

At 20 years old he certainly fits in with Brendan Rodgers' Anfield revolution, excluding Lambert and Gerrard the squad is relatively young. Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and many others are considered the future of Liverpool and with the addition of Can the future certainly looks bright.

Last season he produced four goals and as many assists in 39 games, whilst providing plenty of cover for his defence. Can's record might not sound impressive but neither was that of Javier Mascherano and since his departure from Anfield the team has always seem to lack balance and Can could be the man to bring back that stability.

His ability to adapt is another reason why £9.75million should be considered a bargain, he is most potent when deployed as a central midfielder but his stamina and work rate has seen him deployed as a full back a number of times in his short career, meaning if Liverpool lose Glen Johnson to injury he could provide much-needed cover.

His goal scoring record isn’t fantastic but his work rate is, and when you are playing in a team that has Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and others his ability to score seems less important.

Gerrard played a pivotal role for Liverpool this season as a deep playmaker he managed to dictate games in a way we are used to seeing on the continent from Pirlo or Xavi, but he was occasionally caught out when tracking back.

Can has the ability to do the same role and cover better defensively. I’m not saying Can will replace Gerrard but he certainly has a massive role to play at his new club and with experience in the Champions League he can only help strengthen a team that won’t have the benefits of only playing in domestic competitions as they had this season.

Liverpool had a fantastic season and a result have secured Champions League football for next year, which is a blessing and a curse in equal measure.

There’s no doubt that Liverpool have a squad capable of challenging for the title again next year but trying to meet the demands of European football whilst maintaining a domestic title run is exhaustive and that needs addressing.

Bringing in Lambert and Can is a good way to bring more depth to the squad but I would be surprised if their work this transfer window was over so soon.

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