This season, Emre Can has played in a Capital One Cup final and, if not for an ankle ligament injury, might have made an appearance in a Europa League final.
This is what Jurgen Klopp has brought to Liverpool in seven months in charge: the chance to compete for trophies.
Can has emerged as a fine, industrious midfielder this season, has been discussing the varying traits of Klopp and Brendan Rodgers, who brought him to Anfield in 2014, and it’s clear who the 22-year-old is a bigger fan of.
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Rodgers, who was sacked in October, used Can as a right-back and a centre-back but it’s clear where the German’s best position is.
In front of the defence, Can, despite his years, has the intelligence to command the entire pitch and Liverpool fans can only hope Europe’s elite clubs haven’t yet noticed his development.
In Thursday’s remarkable 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, Can assisted Divock Origi’s second-half goal with a glorious one-two with the Belgian.
Can on Klopp and Rodgers
Rodgers signed the player from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2014 and, though he wishes to thank the Northern Irishman for bringing him to Merseyside, Can is fully aware that Klopp has taken his game to another level.
“I have a lot to thank Brendan Rodgers for,” Can told DFB. “He brought me to Liverpool, and I always played under his management as well and learned a lot.
“But of course, it’s another thing having Klopp there.
“Those small details that you can get across better in your native tongue. It might be an advantage for him as well.”
Liverpool have been linked with German star Mario Gotze, and what a fine triumvirate that would be: Klopp, Gotze and Can.
At home in midfield
Kopites didn’t get to see the best of Can last season as Rodgers insisted on playing him in defence.
Now, in his favourite holding-midfield position, the tough-tackling midfielder is a lot happier. Yet his attitude towards playing out of position will fill Liverpool fans with delight.
“I feel at home in the holding midfield position, I have said that more than once,” he continued. “But at Liverpool the situation is different from the one with the national side.
“I’m still one of the new boys there, so I would happily play in any position. Right back, left back, up front for all I care, if needs must. I have no demands in that regard.”
Can will be out for four to six weeks, putting his place in the Germany squad for Euro 2016 in doubt.
And that would be a big shame for both Joachim Low and Klopp, who would revel in watching his countryman and player return to Liverpool with an international winners medal.