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Emre Can must make an instant impact at Liverpool

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Emre Can arrives on the shores of Merseyside with a fairly big reputation on his hands.

Already a Bundesliga and Champions League winner, the 23-year-old has already inspired comparisons to fellow countryman Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger - that's some status to live up to.

Cursed numbers

Not only that, but he takes on Jamie Carragher's legendary number 23 jersey at Liverpool. We've saw players flop when taking on iconic numbers at Anfield; Harry Kewell and Robbie Keane both took the number seven shirt and had poor careers at the club.

Ian Rush's number nine has also saw mixed results, with Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres banging in goals for The Reds, however in recent times Andy Carroll and Iago Aspas has very much flopped.

Can joins to strengthen the heart of the midfield and he must settle in quickly if his new side are to challenge again for the title. In a transfer window that has been dominated by Luis Suarez, the German's move has went relatively under the radar, however, it is the one that has intrigued me the most.

Goals

Liverpool had no problems scoring goals last season, finishing the Premier League campaign on 101. Although Suarez netted 31 of those, signings such as Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana should help make up for losing the Uruguayan.

However, many of Suarez's goals were individual efforts, breath-taking goals that stunned everyone. With that gone, and Steven Gerrard now playing his deeper role in front of the defence, the side misses the engine in the heart of the field.

Emre Can must accustom himself to this role.

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He is clearly a box-to-box midfielder, as he displayed last season in Germany. The youngster looks to have all the ability in the world; vision, speed, flair, hard in the tackle and he excels when the balls is at his feet. It is apparent why he has been compared to such German legends. 

For a period of 2009-2013, The Reds were carried by their captain and avoided embarrassment at times due to his superb performances. Gerrard was crying out to have world class players ahead of him to link up with and although he did have it with Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez, that line stops there.

Can now has the chance to play with some superb talent at Liverpool. From Daniel Sturridge to Raheem Sterling to the possibilities of who may Brendan Rodgers may next sign, it is exciting times.

Can must learn quickly how these players go about their roles and settle in instantly. If he can produce what he did last season for Leverkusen, he should be providing many assists for the Liverpool front-men.

Leaky defence

Conceding goals was also a problem last season at Anfield. Although they bagged 101 goals, they leaked a massive 50. Unfortunately, new signings Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure just couldn't settle when they played and Daniel Agger was bizarrely kept out of the side, with Martin Skrtel being the main man at the back.

Despite Gerrard sitting in front, he looked exposed at times, as he was crying out for an extra body to help him out. Jordan Henderson didn't do too badly, however towards the end of the season he was tired and needed a break. Emre Can should be that extra body to help break play up. He is hard in the tackle, and breaks play up extremely quickly. 

Yes, he will be taking on a huge role, but he has the ability to do so. Can has displayed in what is arguably the best league in the world that he can mix with the best. Liverpool missed an engine last season, one who could get up and down. Emre Can is the blueprint for that now and for Liverpool to succeed he must settle quickly.

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